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Gutting & Skinning Deer (Knives) #8954760 11/13/23 09:23 PM
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Who uses Havalon, are they the best? Need something with a gut hook.


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I use havalon but have never used a gut hook from them or in general. I think they are pretty great.

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Outdoor Edge Swing Blade. I've never cut into the gut when using the gut blade.


https://www.amazon.com/Outdoor-Edge-SwingBlade-Rotating-Drop-Point/dp/B001EICTAG?th=1


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Originally Posted by Pope&Young
Outdoor Edge Swing Blade. I've never cut into the gut when using the gut blade.


https://www.amazon.com/Outdoor-Edge-SwingBlade-Rotating-Drop-Point/dp/B001EICTAG?th=1

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Re: Gutting & Skinning Deer (Knives) [Re: Stompy] #8954787 11/13/23 09:52 PM
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I've skinned three deer this year with a Buck 110. Stay old-school, it works.

Re: Gutting & Skinning Deer (Knives) [Re: Stompy] #8954789 11/13/23 09:56 PM
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I skin with a golf ball and winch. I gut them after they are skinned. But, I have to cut the skin down the belly before I put the winch to them. Was thinking the havalon with gut hook might work great.


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Re: Gutting & Skinning Deer (Knives) [Re: Stompy] #8954808 11/13/23 10:18 PM
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I dont gut anymore…process the deer down using the gutless method. Quite easy, less mess, and i know my cuts of meat.

I use a havalon.

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I don't gut deer anymore.
Hang head up with the waste exits pointing downwards and skin.
I've used the golf ball/rock /rope method before, and I ended up
messing up some meat where the hide was hard stuck to the carcass.

Use a mixture of Forschner and Old Hickory and Dexter Russell
depending on where and when, and a regular steel.
I've tried other blade configurations, ulus, etc.
but regular butcher patterns do best for me.
I've had to improvise at times. Had to use a small Mini Buck knife
with the tiny little blade one time, and a fairly dull work knife.
Known one or two that lost or forgot their knife and used
a broadhead. I've read about a man using a sharpened soup
can lid for lack of a knife

Pretty much like everything else. Different people have different ways

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Originally Posted by Andrewhunter08
I've skinned three deer this year with a Buck 110. Stay old-school, it works.



I like this. I have several Havalons, but only use them for caping or Euros. Had 5-6 break on me while trying to use like a knife so not a fan (not even being rough). Learning how to sharpen a knife and keep an edge on it ain’t hard. I prefer to gut 80-90% of my kills and there is nothing like a real hunting knife. I keep a box full in my truck that serve different purposes. I went to Havalon when I was cleaning 2-10 pigs and several deer/week, but went back old school. To each their own. up

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I don’t gut them anymore either. I skin and debone them with the same knife I’ve used for decades, a Browning 3 blade with Japanese steel. Holds a great edge and is easy to bring back to super sharp. And sometimes I’ll skin hogs with my Benchmade Griptilian, which also holds a good edge, but not as good as the Browning.


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I'm proud of you guys. I also use old school knives. I guess I should have simplified my question. I need a knife with a gut hook, just to cut the skin (not gut) before I golfball his skin off. The golfball winch trick works great when they are freshly killed. So, does anyone have a preference for a knife with a gut hook.


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Originally Posted by Stompy
I'm proud of you guys. I also use old school knives. I guess I should have simplified my question. I need a knife with a gut hook, just to cut the skin (not gut) before I golfball his skin off. The golfball winch trick works great when they are freshly killed. So, does anyone have a preference for a knife with a gut hook.

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Originally Posted by Pope&Young
Outdoor Edge Swing Blade. I've never cut into the gut when using the gut blade.


https://www.amazon.com/Outdoor-Edge-SwingBlade-Rotating-Drop-Point/dp/B001EICTAG?th=1


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Thanks P&Y


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One of my hunting knives has the blade with the hook. Works great doing the gutless method.

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One of my hunting knives has the blade with the hook. Works great doing the gutless method.

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Originally Posted by Stompy
I'm proud of you guys. I also use old school knives. I guess I should have simplified my question. I need a knife with a gut hook, just to cut the skin (not gut) before I golfball his skin off. The golfball winch trick works great when they are freshly killed. So, does anyone have a preference for a knife with a gut hook.



I use a Klein box cutter with a hook blade for quick scoring. Not as forgiving but works great once you get the hang of it.

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Originally Posted by Stompy
Who uses Havalon, are they the best? Need something with a gut hook.


dont use a havalon for any thing other then caping a skull out. blades are way to fragile


the Dexter and Victorinox are easiest to sharpen and maintain. Reason why all processors use them. Time is money




if you want a razor blade style gutting blade look at raptor razor

https://www.raptorazor.com


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I’ve been using this Hunter Specialties gut hook for a number of years. Takes a box knife blade:

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I've skinned three deer this year with a Buck 110. Stay old-school, it works.



I like this. I have several Havalons, but only use them for caping or Euros. Had 5-6 break on me while trying to use like a knife so not a fan (not even being rough). Learning how to sharpen a knife and keep an edge on it ain’t hard. I prefer to gut 80-90% of my kills and there is nothing like a real hunting knife. I keep a box full in my truck that serve different purposes. I went to Havalon when I was cleaning 2-10 pigs and several deer/week, but went back old school. To each their own. up


I have seen guides use them. I am scared to cut myself when the razors break inside the animal.

I've cleaned so many deer without gutting them using a Buck 110 or a simple little fixed blade. It takes less than 30 minutes to meticulously cape a deer for a shoulder mount and quarter a deer if you know what you are doing. A few zips here with a pocket knife does the trick. Did two deer from laying on the ground to quartered in an ice chest in under 40 minutes two weeks ago. Watch a few youtube videos or ask someone that has done it a few times. I stay away from things that break and could cut me like those little razors. Good on someone if they can use them but better for me to stick with what I know. Good luck.

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I use a 4” bone handled knife made by Keith Richards.

I have a pouch full of browning knives that the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation gifted me that I’ll use as well, but the bone handled blade stays on my belt.


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https://wyomingknife.com/knives/

I was skeptical of these until Santa brought me one. Feels awkward the first time you hold it, but it works like a charm.

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I have a havalon that I used around the butthole. then for skinning I have a custom knife an uncle gave me. I did have a SOG with a gut hook and never had problems with it until it got dull.

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Originally Posted by soooo
https://wyomingknife.com/knives/

I was skeptical of these until Santa brought me one. Feels awkward the first time you hold it, but it works like a charm.

I just got one this year (Blackfoot Magnacut) and I must admit I am very impressed, two deer and a hog still sharp. I have several by various people and companies but for opening the skin/gut I use a utility knife with a Roofing blade in it. I've never found gut hooks on knives any good.

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I own no less than 20 different Folding Hunters. Everything from Kissing Cranes to Fighting Roosters, Puma's to Case, Gerber's to Buck's. I have to admit, my go to skinner is a Havalon Baracutta. Light weight razor sharp, easy to clean; sharpen or blade swaps in less that 30 seconds. Hard to beat a knife like that. Only problem I have had is hanging onto them, they seem to walk off a lot.


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