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Since I can't find a Kingfisher to buy and Gene is retired, what custom maker makes a comparable 5" blade?

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Charlie May makes the 'skipjack'...

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That Charles May would be my choice of the makers I'm familiar with. There is a factory option. The Benchmade Custom Shop will put a Meatcrafter together for you. Check the custom Meatcrafter out.


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I always wanted a May Buk95, I'll check out the skipjack. I have been eyeing the Meatcrafters. Thanks for the suggestions.

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I heard that Jud has an unused one he's dying to sell. Make him a low ball offer! laugh

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+another on the skipjack...

I’ve got one with a 5” blade.

I missed out on the kingfisher.



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Don’t forget about a lil dumplin!


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Personally, I like the skipjack handle better....

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mully, I have a Buk95. It is in my pack right now waiting to go to work this weekend. If you ever get your hands on one you'll like it. Also, in my last email exchange with Gene I asked about a Kingfisher and he said he might work a few up for sale. I had one and like a dumbass I sold it. I did that with the thought of ordering another one but that didn't happen before Gene had his accident.


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Folks (including me) tend to overlook the Dozier K-23 in these boning knife discussions. I picked one up at the BLADE show a while back in .110ish CTS-XHP at just over 5". Works like a...Dozier. Daniel Crotts is also making a variant of this design and has always been good to customize.

And, of course, I have to mention Phil Wilson. If you can get him to make you one a short/stiff Shelter Cove would last generations. I'm using a 5.5ish" Punta Chivato now for most boning chores.

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I agree the Dozier is overlooked, I like their single finger groove handle as it is very comfortable and controllable in my hand. I prefer a 4.5-5” blade for most chores, field dressing deer included. It just fits my technique. To me finding a blade in that range is harder. I know most custom makers will tweak their designs. My K-23 is a little too long for general use for me (it is a great boning knife). The Little Dumpling is great, too. I love me a tapered tang. I’m going to seriously consider a Skipjack. Any idea if May does kydex sheaths? I used to hate them but like to be able to throw a knife that had just been wiped off in the field into a sheath that can be rinsed out. Do I need a Kingfisher? Hell no, but I want one!

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The Skipjack is a great pattern but I think it normally comes with a 4.5" blade, at least mine did. Charlie would probably stretch it for you though.

I agree with Hunts, I prefer the skipjack handle to the kingfisher's. . It just fits me better. My one gripe about the Skipjack is that the blade stock is pretty thick, too thick for this type of knife, IMHO. I tried to get Charlie to make mine out of .100 to .110 stock and he didn't want to. It still makes a great knife for breaking down a critter but I'd prefer thinner once I start using it in the kitchen deboning and taking off silver skin.

My kingfisher (which may have been MOGC's first) is a lot thinner and I really prefer it.

Rick's Lil Dumplin is excellent in the field but a little short for the butchering table, at least to me. Not knocking it, it may be one of the best all around knives I've ever used.

Tim Olt also makes a really nice 5" boner that would be worth considering.

Here is a pic of the four I mentioned side by side, maybe it will help you in your decision.
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The Benchmade meatcrafter looks like a nice knife as well if you don't mind a production knife.

One of the Phil Wilson knives might be the grail for this type of knife, like Journeyman said, the trouble is getting one.

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Originally Posted by Dude270
The Skipjack is a great pattern but I think it normally comes with a 4.5" blade, at least mine did. Charlie would probably stretch it for you though.

I agree with Hunts, I prefer the skipjack handle to the kingfisher's. . It just fits me better. My one gripe about the Skipjack is that the blade stock is pretty thick, too thick for this type of knife, IMHO. I tried to get Charlie to make mine out of .100 to .110 stock and he didn't want to. It still makes a great knife for breaking down a critter but I'd prefer thinner once I start using it in the kitchen deboning and taking off silver skin.

My kingfisher (which may have been MOGC's first) is a lot thinner and I really prefer it.

Rick's Lil Dumplin is excellent in the field but a little short for the butchering table, at least to me. Not knocking it, it may be one of the best all around knives I've ever used.

Tim Olt also makes a really nice 5" boner that would be worth considering.

Here is a pic of the four I mentioned side by side, maybe it will help you in your decision.
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There's my baby! If you are tired of it by now I'll gladly take it off your hands. wink


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My Olt is a dandy, but a little shy of 5"...

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Another one I really like is jelky's boner...
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MOGC,

Sorry buddy, she is staying with me! I just cleaned up 4 backstraps with it this morning.

Hunts,

I didn't realize Tim had two different size boners...

I like that one from JElky. Very nice.

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probably a deal can be had on a benchmade next week somewhere with all the black friday deals happening

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Originally Posted by huntsman22
My Olt is a dandy, but a little shy of 5"...

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Another one I really like is jelky's boner...
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Yup, j_elky here on the fire builds a mighty fine knife. I should be almost back at the top of his list for a couple more wink

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Really good thread. Not a knife discussed (or pictured) a fellow couldn't be happy with for a lifetime. Some great knowledge/experience here.


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I agree this is an outstanding thread. Anyone have contact information for j elky?

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