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Unread 09-08-2008, 09:05 PM
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Skinning knife

I'm due for a new skinning knife. The knife will be used mostly for whitetails and black bear. In that I am not skilled at sharpening a knife, I would prefer a quality knife that holds its blade well. A gut hook on the reverse edge isn't needed but would be ok if its on the model that you'd recommend.

What do you guys suggest?
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Unread 09-08-2008, 09:29 PM
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Re: Skinning knife

Tim wegner Spyderco(folder) I like along with the Bill Moran Spyderco(fixed). Knives of Alaska I wouldn't waste my money on. They stay sharp about as long as my 6yr attention span. I made the mistake to buy a wolverine and a cub bear(I sure did like the design for caping out hides) neither one will hold an edge. The best I have ever worked with was the Gerber shorty and pixie. They aren't made anymore but for about $300 you can get a set on ebay in fair shape. When you find the perfect knife let me know so I can quit buying them last time I checked I am up to around 60 knives.

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Unread 09-08-2008, 11:24 PM
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Re: Skinning knife

Check out Cutco Knives.I picked one up on Ebay really cheap.It has a serated edge,it's a model 5718 KE.I used it to field dress and skin six hogs and that thing is still sharp.You send it back to the factory and they sharpen it for you when it need it.
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Unread 09-09-2008, 08:56 AM
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Re: Skinning knife

Buck Vanguard with or without the gut hook. I can process 2 deer from shot to finish with the knife.
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Unread 09-09-2008, 09:39 AM
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Re: Skinning knife

Perhaps the best skinning knife I have ever used both ergonomically and for holding an edge is the Grohmann Canadian Belt Knife. They can be purchased from Grohmann or from A.G.Russel knives. They come in different sizes, but I like the medium to small one myself. I prefer something else for field dressing, but strictly for skinning that's the ticket. Like Blipelt I have more knives than I know what to do with, but DONT tell me if you find the perfect one, I want to keep looking.
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Unread 09-09-2008, 03:26 PM
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Re: Skinning knife

Varmint Hunter:
This subject was pretty thoroughly covered here: Quality Hunting Knives

There you will find my recommendation for the Cold Steel Master Hunter.
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Unread 09-09-2008, 04:01 PM
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Re: Skinning knife

Big thumbs-up on Cold Steel knives...
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