Ranch Knives are designed for repeated outdoors use; cutting rope, removing packaging, clearing small brush and cleaning/skinning game. It needs to be easy to access, sharpen and holds an edge. It will be needed in all types of weather and must hold up.
The hunter faces the same needs, just seasonal. Knife must be durable, easy to sharpen, accessible, and comfortable to carry. The hunter usually prefers a skinning blade, but drop point hunters have also gained a loyal following recently.
Great knives are available in both folding and fixed blade.