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Old 07-12-2008, 10:53 AM
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Skinning knife?

I was doing a mental checklist the other day on what I still need to get for the Wy. trip and one of the things is a skinning knife. I've been making do with some other knives, but I REALLY need a good dedicated skinning knife. I usually will skin/butcher at least a couple of deer/year, and some years it's in the double digits. So, needless to say, one that will last a few years and keep it's edge is a requirement.

What other knives do you guys use to skin/bone-out deer and elk in the field?

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Old 07-12-2008, 01:59 PM
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A fillet, boner, and two skinners.

These are Green River trade knives. Very soft steel and easy to sharpen. I always carry a stone if it is a big animal to be dealt with.

They will do every think from buffalo to elk to antelope to deer. But not much use for bullfrog legs.

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Old 07-12-2008, 02:52 PM
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Kershaw Alaska Blade Trader

The gut hook is second to none, the saw is handy for big critters and the blades stay sharp a long time.



You can pick it up at Cabelas for $39.99

Cabela's -- Kershaw Alaska Blade Trader

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Old 07-12-2008, 08:30 PM
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Here are my favorite field and butchering knives. The one on the left is the best field knife I've used. It is a Cold Steel Master Hunter (MASTER HUNTER) The other are HIGH dollar butcher knives.....actually they're just inexpensive Chicago Cutlery knives - one boning knife and a slicing knife.

All have the characteristics that Buffalobob described....softer steel that takes an edge and sharpens easily.
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Old 07-12-2008, 09:08 PM
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knives

Gerber shorty and pixie are by far the best knives I have ever used. They have been discontinued for quite some time but you can find them on ebay if you look.

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Old 07-13-2008, 01:25 AM
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For years I have used the same setup Hired Gun shows above. I'm pleased with it and no complain. Excellent product. This year I bought this knife down below which is better steel than the previous one. Both knives can be sharpened to razor sharp but the latest will hold an edge longer. I have no used it yet (the new one) but I expect it to be real good.
They're made by SOG and called the "Hunter Revolver Rotating Fixed Blade Knife HREV-7". They retail for $120.00 but do a search and can find them for $64.95.



Here is a video of the serrated version without a gut hook.

YouTube - SOG Seal Revolver Sierra+Cuchillo
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Old 07-13-2008, 12:00 PM
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Skinning with a knife takes too long and resembles work. I pull the skin off with a truck. Works really good on elk too. It takes about 5 minutes to skin a deer or elk.

We've been using a cable and a rock for about the last 25 years, but I bought this kit this year at the Shot Show. Looking forward to giving it a try. It also shows the preparation steps.

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