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Old 07-16-2013, 09:48 PM
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Re: Need help choosing a hunting knife

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Would a havalon piranta be big enough for moose?
Absolutely plus Havalon (Havel Surgical Instruments) offers other blade designs other than the usual Piranta style on their website.

They are stupid sharp. Problem is (and I've found) that they don't cut around bone very well, they are brittle and if you deform the blade, it breaks, but for field dressing, it can't be beat but you nbeed another knife for boning. I just carry an Old Timer or a Buck 110.

And Havalon's are cheap plus Len sells them here on the attached store. I think the Piranta conmes with 10 extra baldes and a ballistic sheath for less than 50 bucks. A herlluva deal.

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Havalon. Never sharpen a knife again.

Edit: I know Havalon is a folding Knife. Maybe get one in addition to the fixed blade that you choose to go with. =)
+10. So sharp you can cut a finger off and not know it....until you jnotice it's gone...
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Old 07-16-2013, 09:51 PM
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Re: Need help choosing a hunting knife

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Would a havalon piranta be big enough for moose?
I have the Baracuta which is a little longer and thicker blade. I have only used it on Mule deer but it is great. Best part is when it starts to get dull you just put a new blade on in seconds.

Piranta is a little smaller but I think I'm going to get one of those too and give it a try. Mostly due to the cost of replacement blades. $15 for 5 baracuta blades vs. $5-$10 for a dozen Piranta. The blades aren't interchangeable between the two dues to the thickness.
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Old 07-17-2013, 09:15 AM
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Re: Need help choosing a hunting knife

The tihing to always keep in mind with any Havalon (Havell) knife is, it's a surgical scapel with a means to lock it securely into a handle, whether a small folder or something else (Havel makes rigid handles but there is no practical way to carry one).

The folder makes it safe to carry. Always respect the blade. Being a scapel, it's stupid sharp, sharper than any conventional blade can be honed or stropped to at home. Never try the 'shave your arm hair' scenario with a Havalon. It will immediately cut your epidermis, thats what it's designed to do.

The cutting edge is machine ground and stropped. While you could theroitically attain a similar edge at home on a conventional knife, it would take hours and using it would dull it almost immediately, one reason Havel makes the blades replaceable. Their's dull too.

The blade steel is imported from Japan (I believe it's Nippon surgical grade)

Use the Havalon for meat (tissue) cutting and sectioning and a conventional blade for deboning and you'll be good to go. Just watch your digits when using a Havalon.
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