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Re: What’s your favourite skinning knife [Re: AbeJohnsen] #15668019 01/17/21
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I have a beat up skinner like the middle one in the first Supercub photo. And a model just like the one in Judman's photo on top, with a partial tang. Both are older knives. Lots of whitetails skinned by both. I got the boat knife, sans sheath , at a gun show by the KCI airport in with a case of odd magazines. The guy sold anything, but specialized in magazines. He seemed happy to get rid of the knife for what I offered. Be Well, RZ.

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Re: What’s your favourite skinning knife [Re: AbeJohnsen] #15668491 01/17/21
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As they say in big game hunting, "the fun stops when you squeeze the trigger." To make things a little easier, I like to have the best tools on hand for the after-shot chores. For breaking down an animal, I generally use the two knives shown below. On top is a Lionsteel M4 in M390 steel patterned in the super useful drop point configuration. On bottom is a Brad Zinker fillet knife in CPM154 steel.

The M390 steel is crazy hard, and holds a razor edge forever. The steel is so hard, that anything less than diamond hones will require lots of patience to sharpen it. I can clean a lot of animals with it, and still split hairs with the blade.

The CPM154 steel of the Zinker knife is a well know high performer. The fillet style blade is great for carefully cutting out backstraps, and for "cleanly" executing the all important butt-ectomy.


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Re: What’s your favourite skinning knife [Re: AbeJohnsen] #15670525 01/17/21
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I have a Russell Morseth laminated Cascade Skinner for close to a dedicated skinner and a Russell Morseth laminated Loveless influenced semi/simi skinner a little more versatile and still a real skinner for bigger northern game where a real skinning knife is fun.

Very much agreed that there is no universal best and regional fashions are a useful guide.

I long ago had a brother in law in the piney woods country of Alabama when the whitetail limit was one a day where a Wayne Hendrix -from the days when they were a great bargain before A.G. Russell took them up and the price jumped -.was the perfect all around hunting knife and something to brag about buying as a great value to boot. The Wayne Hendrix is a handy daily use kitchen knife in a way the Cascade Skinner could never be - may be that the Cascade Skinner is better for cutting pizza though.

Re: What’s your favourite skinning knife [Re: AbeJohnsen] #15670819 01/17/21
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Ganzer,
I have nothing critical to say about the KOA. I processed 21 animals with that blade before I ever considered it needing a hit on the steel. When the season was over I sent it to KOA for a resharpen. It cost $8 & came home looking twice as good as new. Have been extremely happy with it.

But, I have experienced the condition you mentioned with other premium blades in my bag. I need to check to see what the material is.


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Re: What’s your favourite skinning knife [Re: AbeJohnsen] #15670972 01/17/21
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I've got some fairly expensive customs and factory blades scattered throughout wilderness areas in WY, MT and ID. These days I have a gerber gator buried in my pack but haven't used it in years, and I suck at sharpening anyhow. I am tired of loosing expensive knives that never were real sharp anyhow.

Havalon Piranta for me.



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Re: What’s your favourite skinning knife [Re: geedubya] #15671707 01/18/21
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Originally Posted by geedubya
Originally Posted by Robster
This is my favorite set. Made by a guy that goes by the screen name of Tusker, or Tuskbuster, I forget.

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Andrew Nunley AKA Tuskbuster

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52100 Steel & Weathered Elk (IIRC)

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Thanks Gdub!! He makes fantastic knives. I love your set as well!!!


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Re: What’s your favourite skinning knife [Re: AbeJohnsen] #15676553 01/19/21
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Count me as a fan of Mr Nunley as well.

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Re: What’s your favourite skinning knife [Re: AbeJohnsen] #15677255 01/19/21
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These Buck knives have worked on a number of elk, antelope, and coyotes.

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Re: What’s your favourite skinning knife [Re: AbeJohnsen] #15677903 01/19/21
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I'd use my frigging teeth, before I used one of those on coyotes......

Re: What’s your favourite skinning knife [Re: iddave] #15682108 01/20/21
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Originally Posted by iddave
Count me as a fan of Mr Nunley as well.

Dave

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Not a fan of the Havalon knives?! Huh...odd


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Re: What’s your favourite skinning knife [Re: SuperCub] #15723143 01/30/21
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Originally Posted by SuperCub
I use the top Barky for skinning moose and the middle Russell Belt knife for deer. The elliptical cutting edge works at any angle and the drop point is a bonus for slitting hide esp on the legs. Perfect shaped for skinning. The steel is better on the Barks.

The bottom Bark is my field knife for deer hunting.


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What Bark River is that top one? Something they made or did you modify their Canadian Special handle? Haven't seen one with a CBK type handle before.

Re: What’s your favourite skinning knife [Re: AbeJohnsen] #15724239 01/30/21
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Hard to beat a Buck 110 IMHO. Got myself a Barry Gouge with the gut hook that works pretty well too.

Re: What’s your favourite skinning knife [Re: AbeJohnsen] #15725993 01/31/21
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Just had this one made and haven’t even put it to the test yet but I’m pretty confident my handful of others won’t be seeing a lot of use in the future .....


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Re: What’s your favourite skinning knife [Re: AbeJohnsen] #15729104 01/31/21
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Re: What’s your favourite skinning knife [Re: Thegman] #15731250 02/01/21
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Originally Posted by Thegman
Originally Posted by SuperCub
I use the top Barky for skinning moose and the middle Russell Belt knife for deer. The elliptical cutting edge works at any angle and the drop point is a bonus for slitting hide esp on the legs. Perfect shaped for skinning. The steel is better on the Barks.

The bottom Bark is my field knife for deer hunting.


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What Bark River is that top one? Something they made or did you modify their Canadian Special handle? Haven't seen one with a CBK type handle before.

Good eye ...... I had the CDN Special modified to approximate the middle Russell Belt knife as close as possible. It was a nice upgrade that Bark should have done on the original. smile

Re: What’s your favourite skinning knife [Re: SuperCub] #15734317 02/02/21
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Here's how it looked originally.

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Re: What’s your favourite skinning knife [Re: AbeJohnsen] #15734921 02/02/21
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Too many knives in the world to have a favorite..

I think the most iconic is the Sharpfinger.

Here’s one my Dad found in the hiking trail, before and after restoration.

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Re: What’s your favourite skinning knife [Re: AbeJohnsen] #15735278 02/02/21
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Well most everything shown has not been a skinning knife...I have been on a quest for about 15 years to find the best skinning knife for deer. I have used most of them available from Randall made knives (Alaska Skinner and the Gary Ward model) to cheap knives. I have pretty much settled on the Buck 103 with the Randall a close second... main difference that I have found is the weight of the two and that is why the buck 103 ends up the most used. I did specifically buy a 103 in 5160 steel for ease of sharpening.... My friends laugh at me at deer camp because I have used so many knifes over the years and generally skin most peoples deer at camp... no telling how many I have skinned over the last 15 years or so... With this in mind, I am talking about a skinning knife not one for gutting as they are different blade designs.

For the whole process, I use a dedicated Gut hook to start off... and 90% of the time we never even gut the animal but leave the chest cavity whole.


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Re: What’s your favourite skinning knife [Re: Sako] #15735354 02/02/21
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Originally Posted by Sako
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Don't worry about it. We do too.....

Re: What’s your favourite skinning knife [Re: AbeJohnsen] #15735461 02/02/21
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Here’s a dandy skinner my Ol buddy dale howe built me,
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