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Old November 10th, 2013, 10:56 AM   #16
 
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If you are buying a knife specifically for field dressing, take a look a Havalon replaceable blade knives.

I have a Piranta, and it's the best skinning knife I've ever used. I previously had to carry at least 2 knives and a sharpening stone to skin a moose. With the Havalon, I only need one with a few spare blades.



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Old November 10th, 2013, 03:29 PM   #17
 
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I have absolutely no use for a gut hook!!!!!! I've dressed, quartered and cut and wrapped well over 100 head of big game and never needed a gut hook. Now to answer your other question:The buck Alpha hunter comes with or without a gut hook and then my favorite cheap knife the Buck Vanguard. Both under $75.00 BUT the sheaths that come with them are crap so plan on making a good one yourself!!! My hunting knife's are Randall 25's and the one I carry all the time has a compass, I'm always lost, and L/H finger grooved stag handle.You'll pay about $400.00 to $600.00 for one depending on how long your willing to wait for it. Last I looked the factory had a 5 year backlog !!!! Once you try a good custom made knife you'll never go back to cheapies. Nora

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I have an old Western knife that I got for 1 1/2 books of green stamps when I was 14. It is still my favorite and will probably be handed down to my grandson.
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I would also love to have like this black handled beauty.
If I had a do over I would get white micarta for the handle. In NH we can hunt until 1/2 hour after sunset so often we get a deer in the fading light and then catch up to it and clean it after dark. I sometimes set the knife down as I'm working and have had trouble finding it again even with a headlamp. The steel is excellent as it takes and hold an great edge. To me it was well worth it as it makes the field dressing chore a lot easier.
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I was also looking at the Keowee Skinner from Woody as a cheaper handmade option. Woody Handmade




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For an inexpensive, durable field dresser I have used one of these for the last 20 years:
United Cutlery Trophy Master Game Zipper Knife

It is heavy enough to split the pelvic bone, holds a nice edge, is easy to grip and manipulate while slick with wet hands.
That's a nice looking little knife and at that price I may have to pick one up just for a back up.

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+1 on a Woody. I have the Western Plains Camp Knife and it's great!

Also, here is a neat Buck knife. I held one at Cabelas and it feels really good. The blade is very, very thick, so it's really sturdy. It's a special run for the founders of Cabelas and comes in a choice of three handles, Paperstone, Rosewood and Elk
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I have used the buck alpha with gut hook but have went to a outdoor edge swingblade for my primary gutting knife

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For an inexpensive, durable field dresser I have used one of these for the last 20 years:
United Cutlery Trophy Master Game Zipper Knife

It is heavy enough to split the pelvic bone, holds a nice edge, is easy to grip and manipulate while slick with wet hands.
I also use the Game Zipper. It's great for field dressing and skinning, short, stout and easy to hold onto. Someone mentioned gut hooks being hard to sharpen. Was a little tricky at first but I found a ceramic rod that fits it and can sharpen it up quite nicely. Keep it sharp and it works great.
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Someone mentioned gut hooks being hard to sharpen. Was a little tricky at first but I found a ceramic rod that fits it and can sharpen it up quite nicely. Keep it sharp and it works great.
I am not to good at sharpening in general so I was looking into this.
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Another vote for the Buck Vanguard: Mine has the rubber grips, which are really great when things get wet and soggy. Sheath is not the best but works well enough as is. Blade is 4 1/2 inches, and holds a good edge and not hard to resharpen.
Over all a good working blade!
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Look at a Knives of Alaska Alpha Wolf, a great knife. Then go with a buck gut hook for less than 20. I have used a regualr knife with a gut hook and it works fine but I think I prefer two seperate tools.
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Knives

I also have:
Normark Martiini Lapp Hunter Knife +Gut Hook +Leather Sheath

and an: Outdoor Edge Game Processor set

and an: Outdoor Edge Kodi-Pak

plus several others, though fully functional, are collectibles and display quality. My most used one is the Game Zipper.

For boning out my meat, I use some knives I picked up from a friend who worked at a meat-packing facility and that were sold on site.
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In my experience I find guthooks prettywell useless on moose, bear and deer. I think the best knives out there are Benchmade but Kershaw and Buck do a good job as well. The overall best is a custom made but you have to know what you want. Remember the old saying "You can tell the number of years experience a man has in the bush by the size of the knife he carries... The smaller the knife the greater the level of experience". LATER...BUD
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If I had a do over I would get white micarta for the handle. In NH we can hunt until 1/2 hour after sunset so often we get a deer in the fading light and then catch up to it and clean it after dark. I sometimes set the knife down as I'm working and have had trouble finding it again even with a headlamp. The steel is excellent as it takes and hold an great edge. To me it was well worth it as it makes the field dressing chore a lot easier.
That sounds like a good idea. Same situation here.
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Remember the old saying "You can tell the number of years experience a man has in the bush by the size of the knife he carries... The smaller the knife the greater the level of experience". LATER...BUD
Exactly. You learn what works for you. To me the job is a lot easier with a smaller blade especially on deer sized game. The key to a clean field dress is to get the guts out intact. With a small sharp blade it is a lot easier.
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