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Old 09-10-2008, 12:10 PM
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Re: Skinning knife

For skinning I've had the same Schrade Sharpfinger since I was about 12. For 29 yrs. it has served me well. It got a lot of use back in those days when I lived to trap and coonhunt. Still holds a great edge and is going strong.

I have to agree to the quality of Cold Steel knives. I carried a Recon Tanto that served me well on some very ugly days gladly gone by.
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Old 09-10-2008, 12:21 PM
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Re: Skinning knife

Good stuff, I think I still have one of those Schrade Sharpfinger knives; you can't beat the shape of that blade for skinning. If memory serves me correctly, they used to advertise that knife as, "good for everything from squirrels to elephants"
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Old 09-10-2008, 05:16 PM
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Re: Skinning knife

Perhaps the best knife I know of is any inexpensive "utility" or "box" knife with interchangeable blades. Get a set of the hook blades for splitting the skin, use conventonal straight blades for other cuts.

Use your truck, a tree, two 25 Ft. lengths of 1/2" nylon rope, a two inch rock and a truck to remove the hide, not a skinning knife.

Tie one rope high up around the critters neck, then hoist it onto a sturdy tree limb of the right height to get the rear legs just clear of the ground. Use a hacksaw to remove the legs just above the knees.

Cut the hide around the neck just below your rope. Slit the belly skin if it hasn't already been done, and inside the legs too. Pull a loose patch of skin from the neck, above the spine. Insert the rock in the patch, tie the rope firmly around the rock to form a secure pocket. Tie the other end of the rope under your truck's front bumper, then carefully back it away until the stripped carcase is swinging and the hide lies on the ground.

Perhaps the biggest mistake is to use a rope that's too weak, ESPECIALLY for the rope that lifts the critter; if that rope breaks the deer will be deposited on the ground, immediately! Ditto the choice of tree limb to suspend things, a too small or rotten one will give the same result.

I haven't skinned a deer "right" since I was taught this method by an old man back around 1970. Now I"M the old man, passing it along!

After you learn how to hang the deer and tie the rock in place securely you'll pretty well have it licked, no sikinning knife needed. In fact, I haven't owned one since learning this method. Skinning is done in a couple of minutes and little hair contaminates the meat, and most of that is from the edges of the field dressing cut.

I use a conventional hunting knife to quarter my meat as it comes off the carcase. The hide and bones are bagged and discarded together.
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Boomtube, That is quite a method of skinning.

I might have tough time with that one. It's not even possible to get an ATV or even a horse into the area I hunt never the less my truck .

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Old 09-10-2008, 07:35 PM
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Wlfdg - "I might have tough time with that one. It's not even possible to get an ATV or even a horse into the area I hunt never the less my truck ."

Sorry 'bout that! You just gonna have to do it the hard way.

There are places I can't get my truck into too. Since I got kinda old, I fixed that by not hunting there anymore! Enjoy it while your back and legs last.
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Old 09-10-2008, 08:18 PM
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Wlfdg - "I might have tough time with that one. It's not even possible to get an ATV or even a horse into the area I hunt never the less my truck ."

Sorry 'bout that! You just gonna have to do it the hard way.

There are places I can't get my truck into too. Since I got kinda old, I fixed that by not hunting there anymore! Enjoy it while your back and legs last.
I sure will!
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I sure will!
I am the auther of the thread "Quality Hunting Knives".I shopped &read all Icould looking for the right one.Well I found it!I just got my order from Ruana Knives,the first Quality" knife I ever had!What a beauty!You get what u pay for.If u hunt alot treat yourself to a handmade blade! There an airloom. Dskiper
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