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Knives For Hunting

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by black bear, Jul 20, 2007.

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  1. black bear

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    KNIVES FOR HUNTING

    Many of us hunters of long have a love affair with the tool of a successful hunt; the knife.
    In our minds, we have this idea of the perfect knife that will fit our hand like a glove; that will perform surgery like a scalpel; that will not need to be sharpened ever, and will remove a cape as well as field dress and skin anything from a deer to a moose.

    In our search for the perfect blade, we accumulate many of them that are probably as good as the best knife ever made, but in our search for Nirvana we keep adding new blades and hoping to do enough hunting to test all of them on game.

    On the other hand, some hunters are not interested at all in the tool. My friend Frank that has probably field dressed at least fifty deer with the same Buck hunter knife in the last 20 years removes it from the pack once every year in hunting season to field dress a deer or two, and the blade goes back into the same pack to wait for next year’s job.
    Perhaps his father being a butcher has something to do with it. He was taught how to field dress a deer early in life, and to him it is just a necessary job that has to be performed. To others like me it is a culmination of all our efforts and should be done as elegantly and as clean and bloodless as possible and with the most effective of tools.

    I have found in my long search for the perfect blade that many of today’s knives in the market qualify as superb blades for the job. A good knife blade of 3 ½ to 4 inches will be plenty for most chores. Preferences in my case are for the drop-point blades, but I have had good service from clip points or other shapes.

    Some of us like a fancy wood or antler handle or perhaps some engraving on the blade. Those I label dress knives and are a great way to stir a conversation between fellow hunters. I am one with that type of taste and will always appear at camp with a fancy blade. The truth is that I perform all of my field dressings with a plain one that I keep hidden in my pack.

    Here is one of my fancy blades, the Browning model 122 one of one thousand, and the one that does the actual field dressing, a Buck 192 Vanguard.

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    Best wishes

    Black Bear
     
  2. eliphalet

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    I want to know when that knife has been made, but I sharpen my own and have no problems.
    Those are some beautiful knives, I am a big fan Buck as a company, one is in my front pocket as I write this, their customer service is great.
    All that said it was a sad day when the steel they chose to use went from 440C used in the 60' and 70's to the 420HC used now.
     
  3. koja48

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    I've long been a fan of 3-1/2" -- 4" drop point blades. The 2 I use/have used most are a hand-made, Damascus-steel sheath knife & a Kershaw folder, both 3-1/2" Easy to maintain, less blade to hone, and also less blade on which to cut yourself. I've handled everything from bunnies to moose with no problems (though moose hair/hide will require a touch-up to the blade along the way).
     
  4. MCgunner

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    Them's purdy. :D Would ya call that a "BBQ knife"?

    Never been into more'n just a quality CHEAP hunting knife. For as fixed blades, been thinking I'd like another 4" with carbon steel blade like the excellent Schrade I used to have that I lost somewhere along the way. It was a bit of a classic, leather handle, but that carbon steel really could get sharp and hold an edge. I never had a stainless blade quite so good as that thing.

    I have a showy knife my old man gave me for Christmas in 75, a Case Kodiak Hunter. But, it's a bit large and heavy to be anything useful, though I've butchered with it. Holds a good edge, can tell ya that!
     
  5. Sonora Rebel

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    Green River... Dadley or the Skinner. They do what they were designed to do... CUT.
     
  6. 41magsnub

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    I pack around a Gerber Gator in the field. Not the best knife, but it holds an edge nicely and I like the rubber grip for when getting down and dirty.

    I was given a model with the gut hook back I will try out this year, will be bringing the normal knife as well.
     
  7. Art Eatman

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    My main field use in hunting has been either cutting the tail off a coyote or gutting a deer. A 3" or 3-1/2" folding knife is plenty good for Bambi, so long as I can tap the back of the blade with a handy rock when I split the pelvis.

    Folks do make some really pretty knives, but I just have problems with driving a new Cadillac in country more suited to old jeeps...

    :), Art
     
  8. MCgunner

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    I really like my Gerber, light, handy size, great non-slip ergos, and still tight and sharp after a couple of decades.
     
  9. black bear

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    Here is another of my limited edition Browning knives, this is the model 65 one of one thousand.

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    And here is a close up of a detail on the handle of the knife.

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    I have a "thing" for stag scales in my knives.

    Cheers
    Black Bear
     
  10. Big Daddy K

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    Not sure

    This came in an old metal sheath that had 1942 enscribed in Old English numbers. A little big but is east to sharpen and holds a good edge.

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    I usually carry my Vangaurd for field dressing.
     
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    These are my two favorites for big game hunting. Sadly Schrade is no longer made in USA. But the big two blade knife is still made by Queen Cutlery in Pennsylvania.

    TR
     
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    2nd the Bark River knives. A little more pricey than the big names, but high quality and well thought out. They are also convex ground which makes them extremely easy to sharpen -- your can just strop in on a piece of leather or a mouse pad.
     
  14. Alagator

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    I have field dressed and boned out over 200 Alabama whitetails with a Victorinox Safari Hunter (a folding Swiss Army Knife). It has a standard blade, a long concave-curved blunt-tipped non-serrated gut/skin blade, and a bone saw. They are, unfortunately, discontinued. Good news, I bought two of them when they were being closed out. I would post some pics, but they are in Alabama, and I am in England, where knives are only allowed if you are a street criminal. Can't have the citizens defending themselves, the yobs might get hurt.
     
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    i love the benchmades. 154cm steel is the best I've had to date.
     
  16. omcjf

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    I've got a Case XX, a couple of Shrades and a Gerber but my favorite knife is a Cutco lockblade I bought 7 or 8 years ago. Kind of expensive and pretty ugly but it holds it's edge like no knife I've ever had and its really compact and light.
     
  17. Smokey Joe

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    Rugged knives...

    Well said, Art!!

    The fanciest rifle I own I wouldn't hesitate to take out in the field hunting. Likewise, the fanciest knife I own. Neither one would impress any collector.

    I've never understood the fascination with knives made so fancy they would be a shame to put to the work for which they were originally designed. Come to think of it, I feel the same way about "presentation grade" firearms.

    Ah, well, to each his own. And don't think for a minute I'd turn down a nice Randall if one came my way...but by heck it'd get USED!!
     
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    I've been using this knife since 1968, made by Rudy Ruana himself.[​IMG]
     
  19. mod700

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    i have had the same schrade + knife for about 10 years. its a fixed blade Old Timer with a gut hook and green rubber handle. between my and my dad's deer ive cleaned my fair share of deer with it, and can still put an edge on it like the day i bought it.
     
  20. Rembrandt

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    This one gets the most use....don't think they're made anymore. Gerber with interchangeable blades. Have skinned and gutted around 40+ deer/antelope/mulies with it. Small and compact.
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    This is the handiest saw I've ever seen....a Gerber bone saw, only cuts on the pull stoke. (like a chainsaw) Have used it to cut everything from pelvic bones to removing antlers.
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    Have several "display only" knives, like this 1-of-2500 Browning Model 52 knife.
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    Some of the other hunting knives in the collection. (top) Gerber interchangeable, ATS, Benchmade, & Gerber LMF.
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  21. emerson

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    I would love the group's opinion on this

    Hi All,

    Since we are on the topic, I would appreciate the group's opinion on the (new?) Steens hunting knife by Leatherman. I am from Oregon, and new to hunting, and am looking for a knife that would be appropriate for use on game up to Elk in size. As I currently have no suitable tool, I'll be making a purchase in the next month or so. I'm afraid the knife looks a bit "gimmicky", although I have no experience with "hunting" knives, or this design, so it is hard for me to develop an informed opinion. I have owned and used an Original Leatherman and a Leatherman Wave in the past, and I have been very pleased with the design and function of both.

    Thanks guys!

    http://www.leatherman.com/products/knives/steens/default.asp
     
  22. Rey B

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    Any moving parts have a greater chance of breakage. That having been said I would like to examine this Leatherman in person because that is one neat looking knife.:D
     
  23. kmrcstintn

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    I've got a variety...

    Gerber E-Z Open folder w/ half serrated blade (450 steel)...2 of them since the older version without the skeletonized blade are no longer made and the older ones with the larger thumb hole in the blade work better for me;

    "Outdoor Life" (pseudo Shrade) X-Timer gut hook fixed blade...same subcontractor as Schrade when they were made in mid-2000's before Schrade was bought out; the Outdoor Life version is exactly the same and was half the price

    Buck Diamondback fixed blade (420HC) blade...not the best blade quality, but I only paid $10 since Gander Mountain had purchased a boatload at reduced cost

    the Gerber(s) is my everyday in-pocket companion; the Outdoor Life gut hook will be used during deer season; the Buck will be my woods carry/camp companion
     
  24. coelacanth

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    I like the looks of that Leatherman . . . . .

    the pivoting blade/guthook idea is a novel approach. The saw looks like it might be a little lame but considering the overall size of the thing you can't expect miracles. If it's built like my WAVE it should last you quite a long time.
     
  25. H&Hhunter

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    I use a 3.5 to 4" drop point exclusively for everything from the smallest deer to cape buffalo and elephant. They just work really good!

    I've got two Wagner Clipit's one is a Spyderco the other is a version with a carbon fiber handle by Bladetech and three fixed blade drop points one is a cold steel Pendleton hunter the other two are custom knives by Charles Sauer of Montana.

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