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Originally Posted by Godogs57
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I don't use a scalpel blade knife either. The way some of the replies were framed it seemed that maybe there was an inherit design flaw or risk particular to that genre of knife.

My buddy helped me skin my bull elk three years ago. We went to work with my handmade knife on one side and his favorite Havelon on the other. I went through my side with no issues and it still shaved afterwards. He had to stop and change blades on his Havelon SIX times. The accidents I’ve witnessed with Havelons have, in each case, been blades snapping in use. It happens.

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Originally Posted by Godogs57
Originally Posted by MOGC
I don't use a scalpel blade knife either. The way some of the replies were framed it seemed that maybe there was an inherit design flaw or risk particular to that genre of knife.

My buddy helped me skin my bull elk three years ago. We went to work with my handmade knife on one side and his favorite Havelon on the other. I went through my side with no issues and it still shaved afterwards. He had to stop and change blades on his Havelon SIX times. The accidents I’ve witnessed with Havelons have, in each case, been blades snapping in use. It happens.

There's the problem....

He was using the Chinese "havelon" knock-off instead of an actual havalon.

If someone knows their azzhole from a hole in the ground, they won't break a havalon blade. If they don't, they'll probably break a bunch and cut the schiet out of themselves.

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An Havalon and a Leatherman Wave are carried for most things. A Weinand bird and trout for birds and trout.

I used my Hinderer NRA knife for big game until I started using an Havalon for coyotes and this converted me.


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I own maybe 6-8 custom knives. Very pleasing to the eye and they feel good. When it comes time to skin and bone out a critter one of my stainless Mora’s come out. Would guess the blade is about 4 inches long.


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Originally Posted by MOGC
I'm curious, why is the Havalon any more dangerous than other knives? Does it collapse on the user? Blades snap and break unexpectedly?
From what I read people getting in the joints of animals and tweaking the blade snaps the blade and also sometimes when they're are inside the animal cleaning the blade sometime falls off.

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Havalon’s and similar are a perfect example of just how fugking stupid society has become.


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Originally Posted by Jackson_Handy
Originally Posted by Godogs57
Originally Posted by MOGC
I don't use a scalpel blade knife either. The way some of the replies were framed it seemed that maybe there was an inherit design flaw or risk particular to that genre of knife.

My buddy helped me skin my bull elk three years ago. We went to work with my handmade knife on one side and his favorite Havelon on the other. I went through my side with no issues and it still shaved afterwards. He had to stop and change blades on his Havelon SIX times. The accidents I’ve witnessed with Havelons have, in each case, been blades snapping in use. It happens.

There's the problem....

He was using the Chinese "havelon" knock-off instead of an actual havalon.

If someone knows their azzhole from a hole in the ground, they won't break a havalon blade. If they don't, they'll probably break a bunch and cut the schiet out of themselves.


I don’t know, and have zero reason to know, but I’d bet all Havelons are Chinese.


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Originally Posted by Dillonbuck
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Smallest would have been a 2.5 inch Kershaw. Only knife I had on an evening walk when I didnt really expect to see an elk....

Thats the only time it got used for that.....

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more blade makes it a dam sight easier to get stuff cut loose inside.

For sure. I hate having to feel where the tip of a tiny blade is with my other hand also up in the thoracic cavity.


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Originally Posted by deflave
Havalon’s and similar are a perfect example of just how fugking stupid society has become.

Amen. Pussified men who can't sharpen a freaking knife.


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Originally Posted by Godogs57
Originally Posted by MOGC
I don't use a scalpel blade knife either. The way some of the replies were framed it seemed that maybe there was an inherit design flaw or risk particular to that genre of knife.

My buddy helped me skin my bull elk three years ago. We went to work with my handmade knife on one side and his favorite Havelon on the other. I went through my side with no issues and it still shaved afterwards. He had to stop and change blades on his Havelon SIX times. The accidents I’ve witnessed with Havelons have, in each case, been blades snapping in use. It happens.

What steel and maker, Go.


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The most dangerous thing about a Havalon is changing blades. Especially if you break or dull one and have to change it with bloody hands and a bloody knife. You better have a pair of pliers with you.

I’m amazed at the guys I run into who don’t even carry a knife. And 90 percent of those who do can’t sharpen one.

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I used my dad's old 1973 Shrade 787 "Improved Muskrat" pocket knife, to field dress the small 6 pointer I shot up my older sister & B-I-L farm. I carry that small folding pocketknife everywhere I go, just like my dad did. I was with him back in 1973 on a family camping trip when he and I went into the local store nearby, and he bought it. Later on, he bought another one and only used that one to open mail. It sat on the end table next to his cigar ashtray for decades. My older sister has that one now, as my mom kept it safe after my dad passed away in 2002.

This very same pocket knife, was ALWAYS in his pants pocket, from working in the garage, to dressing up in a business suit as an IBM Engineer, to helping with the volunteer rescue squad.

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Originally Posted by jaguartx
Originally Posted by Godogs57
Originally Posted by MOGC
I don't use a scalpel blade knife either. The way some of the replies were framed it seemed that maybe there was an inherit design flaw or risk particular to that genre of knife.

My buddy helped me skin my bull elk three years ago. We went to work with my handmade knife on one side and his favorite Havelon on the other. I went through my side with no issues and it still shaved afterwards. He had to stop and change blades on his Havelon SIX times. The accidents I’ve witnessed with Havelons have, in each case, been blades snapping in use. It happens.

What steel and maker, Go.
I’m the maker. CPM154 stainless. I do my own heat treat and tempering so I know it’s right. That blade I used is one I made for myself. 61.0 Rockwell.


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Originally Posted by Godogs57
Originally Posted by Jackson_Handy
Originally Posted by Godogs57
Originally Posted by MOGC
I don't use a scalpel blade knife either. The way some of the replies were framed it seemed that maybe there was an inherit design flaw or risk particular to that genre of knife.

My buddy helped me skin my bull elk three years ago. We went to work with my handmade knife on one side and his favorite Havelon on the other. I went through my side with no issues and it still shaved afterwards. He had to stop and change blades on his Havelon SIX times. The accidents I’ve witnessed with Havelons have, in each case, been blades snapping in use. It happens.

There's the problem....

He was using the Chinese "havelon" knock-off instead of an actual havalon.

If someone knows their azzhole from a hole in the ground, they won't break a havalon blade. If they don't, they'll probably break a bunch and cut the schiet out of themselves.


I don’t know, and have zero reason to know, but I’d bet all Havelons are Chinese.

Their website shows Taiwan.

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Originally Posted by deflave
Havalon’s and similar are a perfect example of just how fugking stupid society has become.
I’d never heard of these before this thread. I googled them. I’m out!

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Mostly folks who don't know how to sharpen a knife as was earlier said. The blades are very thin and most people don't realize how easy it is to snap one. Pressure from directly behind the blade when cutting tissue is fine. When it touches bone - it's not fine. After they snap one, it can easily go somewhere unintended.


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