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Help me find a knife #7858008 06/02/20 01:17 AM
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Just got on my first lease and could use a decent knife to clean deer.

What do I look for?

Is the kind of steel important?

How much should I spend on something that will hold an edge?

Any recommendations?

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For field dressing deer like my KABAR MK1 navy, it is not the big Marine KABAR, it is a handier sized knife. The other one I would look at is a Mora. Just a few dollars and a great knife and great steel. Of course you can spend considerably more on a custom, but for the task of gutting deer, none of them are going to work better than the ones i named, though they will probably be prettier. If you are skinning deer, something like a sheep skinner from Victorinox is hard to bear. They are also fairly cheap and are what are used in processing plants across the country.

Expensive knives are fine and if you want one get it, but don't expect it to be functionally any better than those. Good luck

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Get a Havalon Baracuta and an extra set of drop point blades. Most practical hunting knife I have ever owned. Then buy one of these beuatiful hand made knives from one of the makers here.
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Full tang. Pretty much any of the modern steels will hold a fairly good edge. You can spend as little or as much as you want. The knife that I own that holds the best edge is a cheap Kershaw made from 1029 steel. I think I paid $30 for it? Crappy sheath, but good knife.


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What to look for:

Full tang
not too big, 4 inch blade is plenty
style of blade. I prefer a drop point. Some people prefer a clip point, some like a gut hook. I can't stand a gut hook.


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By clean if you men gut and quarter then a lockback folder with about a 3- 3 1/2 inch blade would work fine. My folder has done many an elk and deer.

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Times have certainly changed. Used to be every self respecting male carried a sharp pocket knife which is all you need. Two or three blade. Case, Boker, and Eye Brand are good knives that will hold an edge.


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Originally Posted by Smokey Bear
Times have certainly changed. Used to be every self respecting male carried a sharp pocket knife which is all you need. Two or three blade. Case, Boker, and Eye Brand are good knives that will hold an edge.


Yep, I've gutted several deer with pocket knives, but most people are speaking of fixed blade when they talk about field dressing deer so that's what I recommend. I have a Jim Bowie that is made by Eye Brand that the hell of a good trapper, but most people wouldn't even think about a Trapper anymore because they don't like slip joints, but a good Trapper is probably the best all-around pocket knife there is. Well, that and a Swiss Army knife

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If I was still into gutting deer, I’d keep using my Kabar. It’s good for working in the body cavity. I still use it for skinning most of the time, but I also use an old Browning 3 blade folder, the one with the blade, gut blade, and saw blade, and use the Browning for deboning. But...now I have a Jank, which is a work of art. We’ll have a go with it this next season.


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It kind of depends on what I'm doing and where I've been hunting.

Probably the knife I use the most for gutting is my fixed blade Buck LINK HERE or my buck knife with a gut hook if I'm in a hurry. LINK HERE

I have one of those knives with the replacable blade. I like it but feel like it's going to break. Maybe i'm just used to my big Buck knife, i dont know.


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One downside I failed to mention about a Havalon is it is just a big freaking scalpel. The steel is not necessarily the best at holding an edge, but it is super easy to sharpen. I do about a dozen blades at a time. But I must reiterate they are scary sharp to the point if the blade touches you it will bleed. To sharpen them, I use a Smith's adjustable pull-thru sharpener to touch-up a used blade then strop it with red rouge. I can sharpen these blades from dull to scary sharp in 15 sec each.


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Get a solid buck 110, or if you can find an original shrade LB7 you’ll never need another knife.

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I ain't going for the scalpel knives. Seen too many break while being used. leave them for the tacticool generation of hunters. Yes, they are sharp (some say too sharp), easy to switch out blades and such, but seen as too delicate here.

Personally, I have a Jank and yes, it is sumpin special. Frankly, I have several knives. I've got a big old folding two blade which is awesome, but since no lock blade, it is not used when cleaning animals. I would only entertain fixed and lock blades. If going with a lock blade, I cannot believe the Benchmade brand has not been listed herein. Lovey mine. SIL #2 loves his.

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Originally Posted by Longhorn74
Get a solid buck 110, or if you can find an original shrade LB7 you’ll never need another knife.


This. Don't get "knifeitis". I have way too many and don't have enough boys in the family to give them away to.


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Get a solid buck 110, or if you can find an original shrade LB7 you’ll never need another knife.


This. Don't get "knifeitis". I have way too many and don't have enough boys in the family to give them away to.
110 will

This. The 110 will last a life time and serve your needs 100%.

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Originally Posted by Hudbone
I ain't going for the scalpel knives. Seen too many break while being used. leave them for the tacticool generation of hunters. Yes, they are sharp (some say too sharp), easy to switch out blades and such, but seen as too delicate here.


You obviously don't know what your talking about. There is nothing cool about having a sharp knife when you need one, it's just being prepared. You can have your opinion no matter how off base it is, but don't put me down because I have more knowledge about scalpel knives than you. Buy a Baracuta and if you don't like it you can always give it to one of your Tacticool friends. I have never broke a Baracuta blade, maybe they are stronger than what you have seen used? Anyway, you could have made your point without being an a$$.


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^^somebody is #triggered


I like my 5.5” victorinox semi-stiff boning knife for just about all disassembly of animals. Keeps an edge pretty well, costs about $15 on Amazon, and is very versatile. No, you aren’t going to smash windows or pry open a car door with it, but it works well for its intended purpose.


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Originally Posted by Tactical Cowboy
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I like my 5.5” victorinox semi-stiff boning knife for just about all disassembly of animals. Keeps an edge pretty well, costs about $15 on Amazon, and is very versatile. No, you aren’t going to smash windows or pry open a car door with it, but it works well for its intended purpose.




Yup. If you round the tip off you can slip it in between the hide and open them like a zipper. Get a ceramic stick and touch it up as you go keeping it sharp and you don't have to full on sharpen it. If you want something with a sheath look at Morakniv. If you want a folder, Opinel.

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There are so many good knifes out there this is a tough question and one that you will have to decide. My personal preference is a fixed blade about 3 to 4 inches. You don’t have to spend a fortune to get a good knife. There are plenty in the 30-50 dollar range that are great knives.

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I have used a Mike C knife for the past few years and have zero complaints. In fact, I have bought 3, gave 2 away and they have no complaints either. Also have a Jank and one from safdm. I love them all.


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Start with any 4” fixed blade. Buy another every year or so. Get a bragging knife or 10 or so. Then the disease has set in and you will be hooked for life.

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Case. Folding. Hunter.

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I like the new razor blade knives they have out, like the Havalon. I'd never try to clean a pig with anything else

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I have a few Moore Maker knives that i really like. They are out of Matador, TX.


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