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Old 10-18-2019, 12:41 PM   #1
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I am looking for some recommendations on good knives that hunters should be looking into. Skinning knives, gut hook, processing knives, etc. Any information you feel that you want to share. I am a deer hunter and hog hunter that will be doing some processing as well. I have always felt that one can always learn another way, a better way, or just a different way.
Thank for the help. enter some information on sharpening if possible.
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Old 10-18-2019, 01:13 PM   #2
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Not sure but I think I posted an article I wrote on knife sharpening som time back for a journal. You might try searching my name and knife sharpening. If you don’t come across it please pm me and I’ll be happy to assist!

A properly heat treated blade with a properly ground edge should skin multiple animals without sharpening for a while. That’s my goal with any blades I’ve made.

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Old 10-18-2019, 01:17 PM   #3
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I'd skip the gut hook. It gets in the way of the precision work like taking tenderloins out when using the gutless method.
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Old 10-18-2019, 02:13 PM   #4
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I use a variety of different knives for gutting and skinning but those are all custom made knifes, ive found that the best way to go truthfully. But in my shop at work, for cutting deer I use Victronix Semi-flex and full-flex boning knives. the work great and are easy to keep the edge on. we outfit all our cutters with these.
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Old 10-18-2019, 02:30 PM   #5
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I've enjoyed using the raptor razor knives. Raptorrazor.com

I've met the owner before at a hunters show. Good people and I've always had exceptional customer service.
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Old 10-18-2019, 02:36 PM   #6
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Customs are the way to go. Then you get what you want; blade style, length, etc...
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Old 10-18-2019, 02:43 PM   #7
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For skinning and processing, victoinox or dexter russel. That is what is used in processing plants all over. A bonus is that they are fairly inexpensive. For field use i like a kabar navy and a mora is a good alternative. No reason to spend a bunch of money, good chance you won't find better knives for the job
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Old 10-18-2019, 03:05 PM   #8
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For skinning and processing, victoinox or dexter russel. That is what is used in processing plants all over. A bonus is that they are fairly inexpensive. For field use i like a kabar navy and a mora is a good alternative. No reason to spend a bunch of money, good chance you won't find better knives for the job
Yep a bunch of dexter russel knifes, relatively inexpensive
And used world wide in industry
Custom made knives are ok for trying to impress your hunting buddies, but quality industrial knives are awesome
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Old 10-18-2019, 04:21 PM   #9
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I like outdoor edge because I can just buy replacement blades. I hate sharpening knives and Iíve got a ton of them.


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Old 10-18-2019, 04:26 PM   #10
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Havalon….greatness!! https://www.havalon.com/piranta-60a-edge-pack-includes
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Old 10-18-2019, 04:26 PM   #11
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I like outdoor edge because I can just buy replacement blades. I hate sharpening knives and Iíve got a ton of them.


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Havalon as well
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Old 10-18-2019, 04:47 PM   #12
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Old 10-18-2019, 05:04 PM   #13
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I use a Case pocket knife to skin, gut, and quarter every animal I have shot in the last 30 years. I have some Old Hickory boning and butcher knives that I use for processing the quarters down further.

I don't own and will not own a knife with a gut hook, I have seen way to many people lay themselves open with them.
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Old 10-18-2019, 05:07 PM   #14
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Nothing you can't get done as far as field dressing, and processing if you get you a Buck 110 and it will fit nicely in your pocket or pack. You may want a little bone saw of some kind, but I use a sawzaw when I get them to the house. Buck 110, worth every penny. And an AccuSharp when it finally needs an edge put back on it.
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Old 10-19-2019, 09:17 AM   #15
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I have some Old Hickory boning and butcher knives that I use for processing the quarters down further.
For the money, I don't think there is much better as long as you know how to sharpen a knife and don't mind spending the time to get a good edge on it. I love the skinner knife they have- I used a dremel to cut a bit off the end (slowly using a grinding wheel so that I didn't ruin the temper of the steel) to make it more of a Nessmuk knife pattern.

A Russel "Green River" knife is great for the price too and you could also never go wrong with a Mora, Buck, or Case knife.

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Old 10-19-2019, 01:06 PM   #16
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i've always like benchamde
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Old 10-19-2019, 02:57 PM   #17
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Outdoor edge razor lite for skinning/quartering and Bubba Blade 7Ē taper flex filet knife for deboning


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Old 10-19-2019, 03:17 PM   #18
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I'm a knife snob & have customs but use only 3-4...I have to skin all my animals after being in the cooler & a harder vs warm. The one tool most useful is simply one of those utility razor tools but buy a pack of those curved hook / carpet blades. Helps get all the skinning started around the legs / underarm or what not started. I also use it to cut the belly to dump the guts. Gotta use your finger as the gut guard so don't poke yourself, & works great.
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Old 10-19-2019, 05:48 PM   #19
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Default Knife recommendations

This
https://www.havalon.com/8-handle-stainless-steel
Paired with these
https://www.havalon.com/60-stainless-havalon-blade

$43 for handle and 100 blades



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Old 10-20-2019, 09:54 PM   #20
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If you're a Savage guy, get a replaceable blade like the Havalon. Does the job.

If you're a Remington/Winchester guy, get a big folder off the shelf.

If you're a Kimber/Cooper/Sako/Custom guy, get a custom.
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Old 10-20-2019, 11:56 PM   #21
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If you're a Savage guy, get a replaceable blade like the Havalon. Does the job.

If you're a Remington/Winchester guy, get a big folder off the shelf.

If you're a Kimber/Cooper/Sako/Custom guy, get a custom.


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Old 10-21-2019, 12:09 AM   #22
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I'm happy with my Case Ridgeback knives. I have a couple with the rosewood handle that is now discontinued unfortunately. I have a couple of customs but they don't hold the edge as long as the off the shelf Case knifes.
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Old 10-21-2019, 12:42 AM   #23
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Havalon and start going gutless
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Old 10-21-2019, 08:00 AM   #24
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Got tired of junk knives that wouldn't get thru a whole animal without re sharpening or changing blades so I made me one to my own specs.


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Old 10-21-2019, 08:10 AM   #25
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I like the HYDE snap blade ..For skinning thin skinned esp deer..there super sharp /adjustable cut depth...Gets dull break odd segment and you sharp and goin again.
The smaller one is will fit in shirt pocket..The next size up will but bigger..

They will rust and are sticky after doi'n a Deer ..Take apart wash up dry and they ready to go again..once you use up all the segments slip
in a new blade and off you go...

Sher Will carries them and Amazon of course.and refills...You can buy some no name for <.99c here and there but there Quality sux...

I'm not really a cheap skate ..I own Buck/Case/Cutco/Gerber/Russel///and a couple custom..There all great and get use ...for Deer and hogs but that little HYDE us a skinning dude
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Old 10-21-2019, 09:00 AM   #26
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I started using the iron will knife this year. In previous years I had been using the replaceable blade knives. There is a huge difference using a good fixed blade made from quality steel versus the replaceable blades. I’ll never go back to a replaceable.
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