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#7024764 - 01/04/18 12:58 PM How many deer skinned before your knife needs sharpening?
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In your opinion, how many deer should you be able to skin with a "good" knife before it needs sharpening?

I'm looking to see how the "average" knives I own stand up against the really good ones.

Thanks in advance.
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#7024791 - 01/04/18 01:10 PM Re: How many deer skinned before your knife needs sharpening? [Re: Texas Dan]
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I probably run my knife at least once on steel while skinning. Just to keep the edge.

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#7024793 - 01/04/18 01:11 PM Re: How many deer skinned before your knife needs sharpening? [Re: Texas Dan]
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#7024999 - 01/04/18 03:50 PM Re: How many deer skinned before your knife needs sharpening? [Re: Texas Dan]
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It'll do 2, maybe even 3. But I like to touch it up after each. A good sharp knife is a pleasure to use.
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#7025063 - 01/04/18 04:28 PM Re: How many deer skinned before your knife needs sharpening? [Re: Texas Dan]
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#7025202 - 01/04/18 05:51 PM Re: How many deer skinned before your knife needs sharpening? [Re: Pitchfork Predator]
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I'm interested to know what brand of knife and grade of steel you guys are using to clean two or more deer.

All of my knives are Buck knives and I can get through one deer at best.

Perhaps I need to get better at sharpening them.

Thanks.
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#7025223 - 01/04/18 06:01 PM Re: How many deer skinned before your knife needs sharpening? [Re: Texas Dan]
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I always touch up a knife blade after gutting a deer or hog just to keep it nice and sharp. My MikeC is always ready to go after gutting something. Matter of fact last yr I killed 4 hogs one night and gutted them all with my MikeC and that included cutting through the ribs by the sternum.
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#7025431 - 01/04/18 08:15 PM Re: How many deer skinned before your knife needs sharpening? [Re: Texas Dan]
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Originally Posted By: Texas Dan
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I'm interested to know what brand of knife and grade of steel you guys are using to clean two or more deer.

All of my knives are Buck knives and I can get through one deer at best.

Perhaps I need to get better at sharpening them.

Thanks.


All of mine are custom, many from the knife makers on this forum. Damascus and Elmax are the top 2 steels for holding an edge the longest out of what I own. I use the Worksharp to sharpen them.
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#7025495 - 01/04/18 09:15 PM Re: How many deer skinned before your knife needs sharpening? [Re: Texas Dan]
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Originally Posted By: Texas Dan
Originally Posted By: Pitchfork Predator
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I'm interested to know what brand of knife and grade of steel you guys are using to clean two or more deer.

All of my knives are Buck knives and I can get through one deer at best.

Perhaps I need to get better at sharpening them.

Thanks.


Are you using one knife when you do a deer? Are you gutting and skinning, and quartering?
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#7025546 - 01/04/18 09:58 PM Re: How many deer skinned before your knife needs sharpening? [Re: Texas Dan]
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I have a G W Stone knife that has been used on 5-6 deer between sharpenings. We use it for skinning and cutting but keep it off the bones.
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#7025547 - 01/04/18 10:00 PM Re: How many deer skinned before your knife needs sharpening? [Re: Texas Dan]
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A couple of my Pancho (Fred Aguirre) knives processed several deer between touch ups.
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#7025612 - 01/04/18 11:48 PM Re: How many deer skinned before your knife needs sharpening? [Re: postoak]
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Originally Posted By: Texas Dan
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I'm interested to know what brand of knife and grade of steel you guys are using to clean two or more deer.

All of my knives are Buck knives and I can get through one deer at best.

Perhaps I need to get better at sharpening them.

Thanks.


Are you using one knife when you do a deer? Are you gutting and skinning, and quartering?


Yes, but with a saw used for all bone cuts of course.
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#7025618 - 01/05/18 12:11 AM Re: How many deer skinned before your knife needs sharpening? [Re: Texas Dan]
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My old Boker will get thru 2-3 deer dressing and skinning, needs attention doing a 2nd hog...

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#7025749 - 01/05/18 06:56 AM Re: How many deer skinned before your knife needs sharpening? [Re: Texas Dan]
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I can easily get through two deer with one sharpening with my Bucks. I use the WorkSharp system. My son was struggling to get through even one deer with his Buck, and I discovered that he was using the wrong angle when sharpening: it was too fine. The finer the edge, the more likely it is to become dull more quickly. Not only are really sharp knives a pleasure to use, they are much safer than a knife with a dull or even a marginal edge, since you won't have to "force" your way through a cut with them. WorkSharp recommends the following angles in their User's Manual: Outdoor knife: 25 degrees; Kitchen knives: 20 degrees. These angles will give you what WorkSharp describes as "Toothy Sharp" and "Shaving Sharp." If you want the ultimate edge, they recommend going to 22.5 degrees on your outdoor knives and 17.5 degrees on the kitchen knives. My personal experience has been that putting the "ultimate" edge on my hunting knives makes for great cutting but a fragile edge that doesn't hold up quite as well, so I stick with the 25 degree angle.


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#7025779 - 01/05/18 07:19 AM Re: How many deer skinned before your knife needs sharpening? [Re: Texas Dan]
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My spyderco (Japanese) steel can make it through two deer with a problem.

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