These are what I use. My late uncle made them.
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Whats the best all around size
Hunting knife for gutting, skinning
Deboneing etc. 4 1/2" 6" , 8" etc
Or does it take more than one
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I think 3.5" is the most maneuverable size blade for the skinning/gutting etc
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I like a Case Trapper or Schrade Uncle Henry to take a Deer apart in the woods............But when removing the hide, it takes a bigger broader blade, at least for me..........
I have a small hand made sheath knife with a 3 1/2" Damascus bade.............It works well in the field too, but I still like something larger and broader for hide removal........
In MY opinion, The current tactical (Kershaw's and similar designs) single blade folders are useless in the field............too pointy with no belly in the blade for flesh work..........
I have used a Marlin copy of a Blackie Collins changeable blade folder for hide removal, but it's blade is very broad and it touches up on a steel of stone very quickly........The blade changes out to a bone saw, so its pretty easy to work a hanging Deer with it.
If I had to leave camp with just one knife, it would be the Case Trapper or the Schrade folder...........
Last edited by Tomray; 02-25-2019 at 05:25 PM. Reason: hand made, NOT Custom
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At times I've thought about having a custom knife made. But when the knife maker would ask me what I wanted, I'd just say make it like the Buck Vanguard! So, what would be the point of having a custom blade made?
If on the other hand, I could afford to get a high quality Damascus steel blade made in the shape of the Vanguard, well I might go for that, but the Vanguard shape/size is the all around best knife I've ever had/used.
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I use a 3 1/4" blade for gutting and skinning. I find the shorter blade is easier to control and gives me a better feel, especially when reaching up into the upper chest cavity to cut out the esophagus and trachea.
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It's pretty hard to get gutting, skinning, deboning, & sternum/pelvis work done optimally with one knife.
I usually have a large blade for chopping and heavier tasks and a 4 to 6 inch knife for lighter work.
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I have a kit of knives for taking a deer through the complete process, but yes one could do it all with a 5-6" boning knife if he had to.
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