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Favorite Hunting Knife

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by WisBorn, Nov 7, 2022.

  1. Varminterror

    Varminterror Member

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    While they aren’t my “primary” hunting knives, I have maybe a dozen or so of those cheap “Remington” rebranded knives @Armored farmer pictured above. I forget where I found them, but they’re all orange scales or orange camo scales with black or stainless blades. They’re nice and flat, and take a decent edge, so I tuck them into molle slots or strap keeper of almost every pack and treestand harness I own, and in every glove box, tackle box, 4 wheeler and motorcycle seat, etc. Just the right mix of sturdy, sharp, and CHEAP to justify having them always nearby.

    My hunting and EDC knives are Benchmade, rock solid, and worth every penny.
     
  2. desmobob

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    I do the same with the Mora knives. The basic model is still around ten bucks. I have them stashed as back-ups in the vehicles, every backpack and daypack, boat, etc. I even keep one on my desk as a letter opener.

    I like high-quality knives and have way too many, but I believe the Mora is the best value possible in a knife you can absolutely depend on. The Scandi-type blade grind even makes it super-easy for an inexperienced person to do a nice job re-sharpening them.
     
  3. Larry in wyoming

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    Anza LP.
    Bought it at the Harrisburg PA outdoors show in 1996. It's cleaned everything from squirrels to bears to pigs to elk. It's made from an old file. Great knife but it has its short comings.
    The handle is too slick for bears and pigs. Theys some greasy suckers. The blade is too short for bears. I found bears skinned better with a longer blade. The ANZA LP only has a 3.25 inch blade.
    So. When bears or pigs are one the docket, I use a Cold Steel All Terrain Hunter. The longer blade and kraton rubber handle solve the short comings of the ANZA. Simple.

    Oh one other thing. I have several of those Moras around. One in every vehicle and a few more here and there. They are real handy for cutting summer sausage and cheese while fishing and spreading peanut butter on day hikes etc. They've been a life saver when I forgot my ANZA. I like the carbon steel version

    https://www.sierra.com/morakniv~b~4443/
     
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  4. Wolfshead

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    My favorite knife at the moment.
    Not a earth shattering design but has a few things that have been considered to help with its functionality.
    1084 carbon steel with black walnut scales and G 10 liners.

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  5. Armored farmer

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  6. jak67429

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    Kershaw speed safe that's been in my pocket for probably 10 years. and a cold steel hunter in my backpack.
     
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  7. Barbaroja

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    Buck 110 folding hunter is my usual knife. I like the moras as well, the ones I have are carbon steel I should get a few of the orange stainless ones.
    My favorite new to me knife is the Kabar little Finn.
     
  8. desmobob

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    Favorite photo of a favorite knife... Busse BAD with my Hawken:
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  9. Ranger99

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    I used one of those for a good while
    for the skinning chore up until last
    year when I tried out a dexter beaver
    knife. It worked fantastic and no
    nicks in the off hand pulling the hide.
    I use a old hickory or dexter russell
    boning knife for breaking it the rest
    of the way down to put in the cooler.
    But yeah, those are great little knives
    and I have 2

     
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  10. Ranger99

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    The Russell green river hunters are
    a great knife for most hunting chores.
    I bought 2 and have been using one as
    a kitchen knife for a while, and I've
    nearly finished a sheath for the other
    to carry afield. Very similar to Col
    Townsend Whelan's knife.
    All those dexter russells can be bought
    for about 1/2 through a restaurant supply
    instead of whamazon or a knife dealer
     
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  11. Ranger99

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    Use some of these every now and then too
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  12. WisBorn

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    I used the Morakniv Companion is this year for feild dressing and processing my deer. It worked great. I'm not ready to say it's better than my 105 Buck, but it is now one of my favorites :)

    The Buck 105 may turn into my field fixed blade and the Companion for feild dressing.

    If you don't have one of these Swedish made knives try one. For $20 or less I don't think you can go wrong. Heck with Christmas around the corner what a great stocking stuffer. Or for that brother that would lose his head if it wasn't attached....:evil:
     
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  13. Coyote3855

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    I bought a Buck 105 for my first deer hunt in 1961. Still have it. My dad had an old Buck 105 with green handles. It lives with his grandson now.
     
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  14. deerslayer55

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    The 105 was my very first knife! Still have it!
     
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  15. Seedy Character

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  16. jeepnik

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    Model 12 with stag handle and b rass buttcap.
     
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  17. archeryrob

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    Drop pointed knives as they are the most useful for butchering and skinning.
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    The buck style Is very similar to the Bowie style knife. These knives were design as dual purpose knives and we have never gotten away from the original intent even though we don't have the same needs. The Bowie style was a fighting knife that could be used on game also. They also carried patch knives and other smaller working knives, but they didn't garner the attention like that large shank of steel. The Bowie was design to be the backup after you fired your one shot rifle and didn't have time to reload. It was designed as a Man or Bear sticker that could be used on game also. The long thin point is for insertion, not cutting work. Look at old school butcher knives. Either long and thin with a rounded drop point or clever like with a rocking blade. They are sweeping slicers, not sticker.
     
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  18. 22250Rem

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    My favorite hunting knife would be for sentimental reasons. An old folder that was a gift from my father over 40 years ago. It goes hunting with me and 4 other knives and a small bone saw that all ride in a plastic zip-lock bag in my modest back pack. The knives are all folders so they take up less space. It's third from the left in the group photo shown on the zip lock bag. This group has field dressed one deer so far this fall courtesy of a crossbow. Hopefully do another one before gun season ends Dec. 11th. Haven't gotten anything with the slug gun yet; Gonna be out in a rifle zone Tuesday..... Maybe then.. IMG_7323.JPG ..
     
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  19. wgp

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    Excellent choice, just about any knife by Bob Dozier.
     
  20. Bazoo

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  21. westernrover

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    I'm still looking for mine.
    For skinning and quartering mule deer while backpack hunting, I tried a Victorinox lamb skinner this year. I like the blade shape, but at 5" it was way too big. It did better than my other two knives for skinning. I would not use it for the other jobs.

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    I also carry a 3.5" forged paring knife from Mercer. I've used it for everything, but it's not the best for skinning which is why I had the big skinner this year. For every task on the deer besides the hide, this paring knife works wonderfully, but will not hold an edge. Last year, using it for everything, it was dull when I started the second deer. I hunt with my two boys and could potentially have three deer or pronghorn on a trip. A steel is all that's needed to restore the edge on this Mercer blade, but I only have one of those big steels that's too big and heavy for backpacking. With the skinning blade doing the hide, this paring knife easily did the rest on one deer without dulling. This knife is X50 Cro Mo V15 with a RH of 56. It is better than 440C in toughness and ease of sharpening, comparable in corrosion resistance but trails in edge retention. It cost about the same as a Mora. I have several Mora. The scandi grind is better for woodwork, but this paring knife is better for dressing game. If it held its edge better, I would always carry it hunting.

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    I also carry this stamped Mercer paring knife. This knife is less costly but it works very well. It does everything the forged paring knife does and has a more secure handle. It's not as beautiful as the forged blade, but it performs equally when it is sharp. I'll have one of my sons use this one because of the more secure handle. I also use it as a second blade when the first one gets dull. This knife is X30 CR13 and only cost $6. I bought it to try out before I would consider buying several more. Three or four of these in a backpack could process several deer without sharpening or spending more than $30. I wouldn't be sad if I chipped or lost one either. It's a variation on the theme of those knives with the disposable blades. Only these are easy to clean (NSF certified) and can be resharpened after you get home.
     
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  22. md7

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    Had this CV steel Case Trapper since 07 or 08. It’s my edc and also what I use to skin with. It’s skinned many deer in that timeframe. DC30F0F8-944D-4EC3-8934-4F503E179763.jpeg
     
  23. Bazoo

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    That is a thang of beauty.
     
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  24. Thomasss

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    My dad gave me a "Western 477" 54 years ago and just today I bought a new sheath for it. Since then, I also got a 6 inch folding Extrema Ratio and also an original Marbles Buffalo Stag. All are good working knives. Though the Marbles knife is almost too pretty to take to the woods.
     
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  25. Milt1

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    Love my Mora knives! I have two, one for working in the yard and the other attached to a field pack. I can't think of another knife I'd rather have and both were under $20.00 bucks.
     
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