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#6934685 - 10/26/17 11:59 AM RECOMMENDATIONS FOR DEER KNIFE
varnoldi13 Offline
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Registered: 12/03/09
Posts: 297
Loc: Watauga, TX
Looking for a good deer skinning knife . My father asked what I would like for Christmas. What better than a nice knife that could be handed down from father to son for decades to come. the price range would be $50-$100 could be slightly higher.

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#6934711 - 10/26/17 12:25 PM Re: RECOMMENDATIONS FOR DEER KNIFE [Re: varnoldi13]
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I bought my favorite one at Bed Bath & Beyond.

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#6935031 - 10/26/17 04:45 PM Re: RECOMMENDATIONS FOR DEER KNIFE [Re: varnoldi13]
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#6935034 - 10/26/17 04:50 PM Re: RECOMMENDATIONS FOR DEER KNIFE [Re: varnoldi13]
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Registered: 01/25/13
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Loc: Murphy, TX Dickens county
If you want a knife that can be handed down for generations I would have one of the custom makers that post in this secion make one for you.

They can make you a very good knife for 125-150.


Edited by Pitchfork Predator (10/26/17 04:51 PM)
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#6935438 - 10/26/17 10:46 PM Re: RECOMMENDATIONS FOR DEER KNIFE [Re: varnoldi13]
Obi Wan Offline
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Registered: 09/05/14
Posts: 52
Loc: N. Texas
I have to agree with Pitchfork Predator. Great knives made here. If you want to spend a little more, go with something from Lucas Forge. The Packer, Elk River Hunter, or Woodsman Nessmuk all come to mind.

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#6935746 - 10/27/17 09:46 AM Re: RECOMMENDATIONS FOR DEER KNIFE [Re: varnoldi13]
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Registered: 03/19/09
Posts: 4280
Originally Posted By: Obi Wan
I have to agree with Pitchfork Predator. Great knives made here. If you want to spend a little more, go with something from Lucas Forge. The Packer, Elk River Hunter, or Woodsman Nessmuk all come to mind.


Both Obi Wan & Pitchfork - I agree with these guys, and would simply add that you need to make sure and get the knife you need not necessarily the one you want.

What I'm trying to say is that after gutting, skinning and butchering everything from Texas whitetail to Canadian Moose; the biggest mistake that I see people make is they get a knife that is BIG and looks good - or the wrong style of knife and either the excess size or design make doing the work a lot harder than it needs to be.

My personal opinion is that for 99% of the "deer skinning" sized jobs and general hunting knife needs, is that a 4" drop point with a good comfortable non-slip handle is all the knife you really ever need; and I would be willing to bet that some of the knife makers on this forum could make you one great hunting knife out of W2 steel(my personal favorite) and stay close to your price range.

Things to consider.....

1. The first "good" knife I ever bought had a gut hook on it and after a while I realized that if you know how to handle a knife they really just get in the way and for a knife I'm handing down I would avoid a gut hook...... my personal opinion and I'm sure there will be people who burn me at the stake for saying that.

2. Built for the task- No sense in making a bloody job more difficult than it has to be, so I really don't care for clip point knives as they make it easier to bust the gut open when cutting up the abdomen and likewise consider your handle material, after all when your hands are cold and bloody you don't want them slipping around on a mirror polished handle.

Heres an example of a popular hunting knife that I cant stand, yet they pop up in just about every hunting camp I've ever been .... https://www.amazon.com/Buck-Knives-0120B...306KVTENDDZDW23

Big blade, clip point and slippery when wet handle- Once again I'm sure I'll get burned by somebody for this.

3. The steel its made of will determine edge holding ability vs. ease of sharpening; if your just doing a deer or two every year its not that big of a deal. However one evening of population control on my buddies place left us with 3 bucks and 11 doe to clean..... Then you can appreciate a good well made knife and sharpener.

I keep a 5" jewel diamondstik in my hunting pack and another 12" in my kitchen and they are the best sharpening implement for me until its time to break out the wet stone.

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#6942609 - 11/01/17 04:42 PM Re: RECOMMENDATIONS FOR DEER KNIFE [Re: varnoldi13]
Nitro27 Offline
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Registered: 11/06/12
Posts: 526
Loc: Terrell,TX
Moore Maker 3101 udp

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#6943406 - 11/02/17 08:38 AM Re: RECOMMENDATIONS FOR DEER KNIFE [Re: varnoldi13]
7six2 Offline
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Registered: 06/14/16
Posts: 86
I like my USMC KaBar.

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#6947650 - 11/05/17 09:09 PM Re: RECOMMENDATIONS FOR DEER KNIFE [Re: varnoldi13]
crash700 Offline


Registered: 04/10/09
Posts: 1834
Loc: Deer Park , TX
I agree with deewayne2003, I like large knives for some occasions, but for things like skinning or cutting up an animal, a blade around 4 to 4.5" seems to be adequate for most of what I do. I don't cut up elk as much as I might like, but deer and hogs generally get butchered with a smaller bladed knife. For a bush knife, maybe something bigger, but it gets to be a jack of all trades but master of none in my opinion.
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#6947749 - 11/05/17 11:05 PM Re: RECOMMENDATIONS FOR DEER KNIFE [Re: varnoldi13]
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Registered: 02/15/12
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MikeC on here made my skinner and EDC knives. Both very well made blades.

The skinner has about a 4 inch drop point blade. Damascus steel cause I like it. Iíve cut up hogs and deer with it. Itís also pulled Ďworkí duty for me a time or two when I used it to do necropsies on cows and horses.

Iíve also got a Buck 110 that Iíve used on multiple deer. Itís clip point but Iíve never busted the guts with it.

Deewayne, my Grandaddy would burn you at the stake for speaking ill of those buck knives. roflmao He loves that model and has it in several sizes. Itís not really his skinning knife though.
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#6948025 - 11/06/17 08:49 AM Re: RECOMMENDATIONS FOR DEER KNIFE [Re: varnoldi13]
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Registered: 01/04/15
Posts: 452
Check out the Spyderco Moran, Knives of Alaska Elk Hunter, or Buck Alaskan Guide Vanguard at Cabelas. All are in your budget and will last a lifetime


Edited by TxHunter80 (11/06/17 08:56 AM)

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#6948675 - 11/06/17 03:08 PM Re: RECOMMENDATIONS FOR DEER KNIFE [Re: Nitro27]
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Registered: 09/06/12
Posts: 135
Originally Posted By: Nitro27
Moore Maker 3101 udp


It's a good one. Wouldn't trade mine.

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#6949839 - 11/07/17 09:50 AM Re: RECOMMENDATIONS FOR DEER KNIFE [Re: varnoldi13]
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Registered: 01/25/13
Posts: 12868
Loc: Murphy, TX Dickens county
Originally Posted By: randallss7
I have 3 high carbon tool steel knives for sale, each is a 3 piece construction.

summer knife sale, your choice 125.00 + shipping.

The two EDC/Hunters about 8" total with 3 1/2" blades 0-1 tool steel (not stainless). One in orange and black g10 one in camo G10.

One is a Canadian belt knife 52100 high carbon steel (not stainless)1/8" thick, 9 1/8 total, 4 3/8" blade with iron wood scales.













The orange and black is still for sale and will last a lifetime. I own many of his knives, they are awesome. up
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#6953322 - 11/09/17 02:43 PM Re: RECOMMENDATIONS FOR DEER KNIFE [Re: varnoldi13]
mikei Offline
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Registered: 11/16/14
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I've acquired several knives over the years, but my "go to" favorite is the Buck Model 0103 Skinner. Mine is at least 20 years old, still takes and holds an edge very well, and you can buy two of them for under your stated budget!

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#6957677 - 11/12/17 09:13 PM Re: RECOMMENDATIONS FOR DEER KNIFE [Re: varnoldi13]
DeadRooster Offline
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Registered: 04/09/14
Posts: 147
Loc: Spicewood, TX
My favorite, and the one I've used to skin the most deer with is this Hen and Rooster skinner:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MS53H14/

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