Small Fixed Blade Hunting Knife


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razorback2003
November 18, 2013, 05:56 PM
I am looking for a small under 3 to 3.5 inch fixed blade hunting knife. I would like a simple and easy to clean knife that I can pour bleach on and not worry about messing up the knife. The knife would be used for field dressing deer. What are some good American, Japanese, or European made knives that are under 75 dollars? I try to stay away from the Chinese made ones like Schrade and Gerber.

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WolverineFury
November 18, 2013, 06:28 PM
The Lil' Finger (http://www.amazon.com/Schrade-156OT-Finger-Delrin-Leather/dp/B0037SQVQY/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1384816226&sr=8-2&keywords=old+timer+little+finger) by Schrade (Old Timer series) is a GREAT option. I bought mine from their website four years ago before I started hunting hoping I would buy something I wouldn't need to replace, and I have to say, I don't think I ever will. One of the reviewers on Amazon said, "My original is approx 35 years old and is the only knife I go for when needed for skinning or hunting use." I hope to do the same.

It's a great knife, and very easy to control, it fits into my hand easily, and is great cause I can put my index finger up against the length of the blade and thus greatly reduce the chance of cutting anything I don't want to.

So far I've cleaned 5 deer with it (only my second year) and I don't ever plan on switching, for cleaning I just use soap and warm water, but I don't see why bleach wouldn't work. The blade is 2.5" long with a 4.1" handle. There's also the added bonus that's is a great price.

Hope this was of help! Good luck!

website link - http://www.taylorbrandsllc.com/shop/old-timer/fixed-blade/156ot/156ot-p-298.html


EDIT: Didn't see what you said about Schrade Knives. It's a great knife though. Unless you have strong feelings about it I would still check them out.

Glock Doctor
November 18, 2013, 07:42 PM
I no longer hunt. I have an, 'as new' but older Buck knife that looks very much like this,

http://www.buckknives.com/index.cfm?event=product.detail&productID=4206

It's useful for skinning and cleaning small game as well as boning. Mine is made of very hard steel, holds an edge like all of the older Buck knives do, has a black linen Micarta handle, and comes with a black leather belt sheath. If you would like to own it, let me know. The price will be right.

rcmodel
November 18, 2013, 09:00 PM
This right here is one of the most impressive small hunting knives it has been my pleasure to sharpen for my deer & antelope hunting dentist.

http://www.knivesofalaska.com/store.asp?c=15

He brings it back for a touchup sharpening every couple of years, and a few timber rats & speed-goats later, when it won't shave hair off his arm any more.



I was very impressed with his older stag handle one.

rc

27hand
November 18, 2013, 10:51 PM
Here is an older Buck knife as well.

Probably 30 to 35 years old.

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l103/poofy27/Shooting%20hunting%20pics/100_0432.jpg (http://s94.photobucket.com/user/poofy27/media/Shooting%20hunting%20pics/100_0432.jpg.html)

Sam Cade
November 19, 2013, 12:16 AM
I am looking for a small under 3 to 3.5 inch fixed blade hunting knife. I would like a simple and easy to clean knife that I can pour bleach on and not worry about messing up the knife. The knife would be used for field dressing deer. What are some good American, Japanese, or European made knives that are under 75 dollars?

If you are willing to pick up a half inch of blade length there are a number of synthetic handled Mora knives that are ideal for your purposes and well under $20 delivered.

mdauben
November 19, 2013, 08:15 AM
one of the reviewers on Amazon said, "My original is approx 35 years old and is the only knife I go for when needed for skinning or hunting use." I hope to do the same.
Thirty five years ago Schrade knives were made in the USA out of quality carbon steel. Today they are made in China out of some nondescript stainless steel. They are in no way the same product.


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hso
November 19, 2013, 08:33 AM
You can also find the American made vintage Sharp Fingers on antique and auction sites.
http://www.etsy.com/listing/160538751/vintage-schrade-old-timer-sharp-finger?utm_source=google&utm_medium=product_listing_promoted&utm_campaign=vintage_mid&gclid=CJTSheb68LoCFejm7AodM1IA_Q

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_sacat=0&_nkw=vintage+sharp+finger&_sop=1

razorback2003
November 19, 2013, 04:13 PM
Are the buck paklite knives any good? That looks like an easy to clean and simple knife. The old schrades were good knives for the average outdoorsman. I saw a Bear and Son knife that looks like a Schrade sharpfinger, but don't know anything about that company.

PJSprog
November 19, 2013, 05:07 PM
I like my older Shrade Old Timer.

Ontario used to make some decent fixed-blades as well, and at a reasonable price. (although, I haven't seen their work lately)

Outlaw Man
November 19, 2013, 05:43 PM
I got a newer version of that same Buck knife a few years ago as a gift. It's a great knife, especially for the price. :D

If you don't mind a tad longer blade, you might also want to look at the KA-BAR Gamestalker.

Zeke/PA
November 20, 2013, 08:34 AM
The Schrade knives are of course a great choice and every so often a U.S. made shows up at a Gun Show or in an out of the way hardware store.
I just recently traded a 158OT guthook to a friend for four Dietz Lanterns.
He's happy, I'm happy.

jakk280rem
November 21, 2013, 05:15 AM
I like the Helle knives from Norway. I have the GT. Been carrying it hunting for a couple years now. The have a bunch of models ranging from traditional Scandinavian pukka designs to more modern styles. Most of their knives have a mirror polished triple laminated stainless blade. They come wicked sharp and hold an edge well. Easy to touch up as well. They make a model called the Fossekallen. Comes in right at 3.5". A bit over your price cap at about $90, but the quality is there in spades. Highly recommend you check them out.

exospex
November 21, 2013, 12:21 PM
I've got a Kershaw Field knife. I love it. I've used it for dressing half a dozen whitetails. It stays good and sharp. USA made to boot.

http://kershaw.kaiusaltd.com/knives/knife/field-knife

I highly recommend it.

ugaarguy
November 24, 2013, 02:04 AM
I haven't used the PakLite skinner, but I've had great experiences with three current production Buck folders with 420HC blades. If anyone can make 420HC perform well it's Buck with their Paul Bos developed heat treat. At $20 shipped with Amazon prime for the black traction coat I'd be willing to take a chance on one.

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