Being an accomplished outdoorsman, camper, hunter, fisherman, outdoor chef, sailor, conservationist or any other off-the-beaten-track calling, hobby, or trade, contains a long list of skills that are hard-won and often gained through trial and error. Given the nature of the activity, the trial-and-error process is not to be dismissed lightly and can leave a few scars or at the very least a good survival/adventure story.
We never know what the next hunting/fishing/camping trip will bring. Perhaps it will be the best outing you have ever had, the one you remember fondly that becomes your most entertaining story to tell. Imagine how much better your experience would have been if you had your favourite gear with you and not the second rate stuff. Enjoy the fine things your have today.
From the forest to the beach, from camp to the kitchen, the hunting knife is the only utility knife you need to excel in all environments. The kitchen knife? Let's just leave it in the kitchen for the visitors who don't own a decent knife.
Choosing a hunting knife, a special purpose knife, or even an everyday carry knife shouldn't be something you lose sleep over. However, the quality, edge retention, as well as the particular purpose for the knife, does dictate the type of knife you need and other technical requirements. You'll be even better off owning several knives so that you are ready for action, no matter the occasion.