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What size blade do you prefer for a boning knife ? #16404375 09/04/21
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For boning out deer/antelope .?


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Re: What size blade do you prefer for a boning knife ? [Re: ol_mike] #16404429 09/04/21
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Been using a Buck 118 for about 20 yrs for bonig. Have yet to feel any knife could do a better job.
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Re: What size blade do you prefer for a boning knife ? [Re: ol_mike] #16404995 09/04/21
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That is a nice looking blade .

Going to have Rainshadow's [Alex] son make me a boning knife to match my little skinner , and get Andrew Nunley to make me a matching boning knife like the skinner I got from him .


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The one I've been using is 6 1/2 "
It may have lost some length to the stone
over time
The only knife I use that's shorter is for
skinning

Re: What size blade do you prefer for a boning knife ? [Re: ol_mike] #16405272 09/04/21
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5"stiff and a 6" flexible.

The flexible is Kai, and similar or more flexible than a fillet.


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Re: What size blade do you prefer for a boning knife ? [Re: ol_mike] #16406997 09/05/21
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Thanks guys ...


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Re: What size blade do you prefer for a boning knife ? [Re: ol_mike] #16407439 09/05/21
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I skinned and butchered 8 deer and never touched up the blades on a Trapper set....

I have all their knives, they are unbelievable!

A trapper friend of mine skinned 300 beaver with one until it needed a sharpen.

YOU will NOT be dis satisfied.

McCroskey knives make a lot of custom knives look like junk when it comes to a using knife. I skinned and boned out two bull elk with their Elk Skinner, still would shave you!

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I used a Zero Tolerance model 301 from field dressing to cutting steaks and roasts. I forget what steel it is, but I think it's Crucible Metallurgy powdered stainless. It's a Strider Clone with a collaboration from Ken Onion.
It's only a 4" blade, but worked fine with the aggressive recurve shape. The tip is pretty broad, but being that short, it offers dexterity.
There are better blades for gutting, skinning, boning, and further processing. I like a thin high carbon short and the same for long. It doesn't matter as long as it's sharp and quality. My uncle was a famous butcher in these parts as far as butchers used to be known. He passed away and gave my Dad and me his most used tools of a lifetime. Those are my go to when not in the field. However, it was fun using a professional fighters blade for processing. It shows what can be done in real world defensive applications without harm.


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Re: What size blade do you prefer for a boning knife ? [Re: keith] #16419782 09/09/21
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Originally Posted by keith
McCroskeyknives.com

I skinned and butchered 8 deer and never touched up the blades on a Trapper set....

I have all their knives, they are unbelievable!

A trapper friend of mine skinned 300 beaver with one until it needed a sharpen.

YOU will NOT be dis satisfied.

McCroskey knives make a lot of custom knives look like junk when it comes to a using knife. I skinned and boned out two bull elk with their Elk Skinner, still would shave you!




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Re: What size blade do you prefer for a boning knife ? [Re: Happy_Camper] #16419793 09/09/21
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Originally Posted by Happy_Camper
I used a Zero Tolerance model 301 from field dressing to cutting steaks and roasts. I forget what steel it is, but I think it's Crucible Metallurgy powdered stainless. It's a Strider Clone with a collaboration from Ken Onion.
It's only a 4" blade, but worked fine with the aggressive recurve shape. The tip is pretty broad, but being that short, it offers dexterity.
There are better blades for gutting, skinning, boning, and further processing. I like a thin high carbon short and the same for long. It doesn't matter as long as it's sharp and quality. My uncle was a famous butcher in these parts as far as butchers used to be known. He passed away and gave my Dad and me his most used tools of a lifetime. Those are my go to when not in the field. However, it was fun using a professional fighters blade for processing. It shows what can be done in real world defensive applications without harm.




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Re: What size blade do you prefer for a boning knife ? [Re: ol_mike] #16419844 09/09/21
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Originally Posted by ol_mike
For boning out deer/antelope .?



4.5" to 6"

The traditional boners from French and German factories are 5". What I grew up with, like the Buck 118 at 4.5", the Randall 10-5" made the DR and Forschner seem WAY too flexy and quick to dull.

When I found Makers who had realized this and were making KICK-ASS replacements I was sold...




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I used to have a stiff boner... now it's more like a rubber movie prop lol

Re: What size blade do you prefer for a boning knife ? [Re: ol_mike] #16420159 09/09/21
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Moral of the story is that you can talk to half a dozen meat cutters and get different answers on preference.
Anyone with experience can take any decent blade and get the job done. I simply enjoy rotating through the collection and putting a variety of blade shapes and steel to use.

Some have room to learn and others are too arrogant.

"Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall."

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Re: What size blade do you prefer for a boning knife ? [Re: Happy_Camper] #16420180 09/09/21
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Originally Posted by Happy_Camper

Moral of the story is that you can talk to half a dozen meat cutters and get different answers on preference.
Anyone with experience can take any decent blade and get the job done. I simply enjoy rotating through the collection and putting a variety of blade shapes and steel to use.

Some have room to learn and others are too arrogant.

"Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall."


Hang some pics Bubba...


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Re: What size blade do you prefer for a boning knife ? [Re: Journeyman] #16420238 09/09/21
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Originally Posted by Journeyman
Originally Posted by Happy_Camper

Moral of the story is that you can talk to half a dozen meat cutters and get different answers on preference.
Anyone with experience can take any decent blade and get the job done. I simply enjoy rotating through the collection and putting a variety of blade shapes and steel to use.

Some have room to learn and others are too arrogant.

"Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall."


Hang some pics Bubba...



Come on, Stud - pics of boned out game...!!!


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Re: What size blade do you prefer for a boning knife ? [Re: Journeyman] #16426203 09/11/21
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To be fair here...

I'm in Scotland where I was on 9/11/01...

Just like then I was culling deer and returned to Aberdeen to be faced with what had happened.

Let me tell ya..the outpouring of support, the moments of silence, the general fV(king OUTRAGE here vs the [bleep] US makes me feel both privileged for the love we've been proffered here vs the general silence and apathy in America make me cry...

Two Red Deer for our annual barbecue tonight my friends and I have had since 1987...

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Re: What size blade do you prefer for a boning knife ? [Re: Journeyman] #16426206 09/11/21
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To be even MORE fair...them was boned out with a Phil Wilson Fillet.....kinda cheating...!


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Re: What size blade do you prefer for a boning knife ? [Re: ol_mike] #16428240 09/12/21
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I use a 6” Forschner with the curved blade. I’ve visited a lot of butcher shops and never seen anyone using anything fancy. Usually whatever cheap boning knife they have available.

Re: What size blade do you prefer for a boning knife ? [Re: ol_mike] #16433199 09/14/21
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Journeyman, I have been using this knife for the last 8 years. I bone out a deer, touch up the edge, then finish it. I like the flex level. I'm interested in your comments/suggestions.

BTW, I don't have pictures of deer being processed. My hands are always a mess and I never thought anyone would find them of interest.

https://www.amazon.com/Dick-Curved-Boning-Knife-Semi-Flex/dp/B000UBB2UQ


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Nothing fancy. Dexter 6" Flexible Boner


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