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Old 06-07-2011, 09:54 PM
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Fishing & Hunting Knife / Knives

Which knife (knives) do you use (or want to use) for skinning, cleaning, processing,...?

Please share the specs for the knives and what you accomplish with them. If you have one knife that you use for both skinning game and cleaning/preparing fish, please share the particulars about how well it works for you.

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Old 06-08-2011, 01:59 PM
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I use the Buck Alpha Crosslock for cleaning deer. The knife includes two locking blades. The second blade has a saw and gut hook. The saw cuts through the pelvis bone very quickly. I have always been impressed by how well the blade holds an edge. The attached photo is the latest version of the knife I have been using for 6 or 7 years.
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Old 06-09-2011, 08:26 AM
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The top three knives in the photo below are the three hunting knives I've used, the top being my first and the third being one I hafted myself and is now my favorite due to sentimental reasons.

The bottom is an Opinel that has been a handy general use pocket knife, fishing knife, camp knife, ditty bag knife, etc., but has recently been replaced by a Gerber LST. I have done some minimalist backpacking fishing trips and found a Victorinox Classic to be all I needed for gutting trout.

In general, a simple fixed blade knife in the 3"-4" length, with a comfortable handle is a fine hunting knife for deer sized critters. The top knife I found to be a bit cumbersome at 4.5" and it was unwieldy on small game, whittling, or fish. The middle, a folder, was a fine gutting and skinning knife for years, but I went back to a fixed blade and the third is close enough to perfection for me.

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Old 02-06-2012, 09:55 PM
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For trout I use an old Gerber Trout knife, with the little spoon at the end of the handle. Trout only need cleaning. My other fish knife is a Fiskars 4" filet knife. I don't scale fish, but filet them and remove the skin leaving a clean, boneless slab of meat.

For most small game the Marbles small game knife, with the loop at the end of the handle you can hang off your little finger, does a fine job.

My general-purpose knives are the D.H. Russell Small Game and the Victorinox Hunter (the lockblade NOT the Huntsman). I have either the Hunter or the lighter weight Hiker with me always since I want a small saw.

I have a lot of other knives, probably a lot more than I really need (I suppose most of us do) but those are the basics.
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Old 02-10-2012, 02:47 PM
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i scored a trio of S&W branded knives a year and change ago that have really blown me away. the cleaver can function as a skinner AND a handaxe with aplomb. the hunting knife has a generous gut hook and great ergonomics. the tiny knife is pretty delicate and sharper that you'd think. the handles are a lovely no-slip rubber that grips like goodyear, and are molded/checkered to boot.

awesome find for less than 30 bucks
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