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Favorite Fixed Blade for Skinning?

Discussion in 'Hunting & Fishing' started by K Williams, Jun 16, 2012.

  1. K Williams

    K Williams

    Nov 17, 1998
    What are your favorite fixed blades for skinning/dressing whitetail deer?
     
  2. protourist

    protourist [P] irate Member Platinum Member

    Aug 19, 2007
    I recently had this one made by RichardJ specifically for skinning. I haven't had the chance to use it but I have no doubt that it will work like magic.
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    Other than that, it is hard to beat an Schrade Sharpfinger. They just might be the handiest knife ever made.
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  3. RWT

    RWT

    Mar 15, 2011
    Busse CABS
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  4. Codger_64

    Codger_64 Moderator Moderator

    Oct 8, 2004
    I'll second the Sharpfinger. I've used one for many years and find it to be just right for my needs in skinning and processing small game and large, as well as fish and fowl. The one in this picture is the Camillus Gran'Pa GP152 version that they made from 2005-2007. I just had to try it out last fall and found it to be a near duplicate of the original Schrade version both in feel and in performance.

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    But yes, I have more than one of the originals plus a small group of the later domestic and imported copies.

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  5. MyDogsHunt

    MyDogsHunt Banned BANNED

    182
    May 12, 2011
    I prefer a drop point with a blade around 4" like the Vanguard.
    Been using this one for about 25yrs.
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    Or this old Estwing. One of the best pieces of steel ever but it was handed down so I only use it in the skinning shed here at the house.
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    I also have this Rawana that I aquired about 40yrs ago but I actually prefer the other two so it just sets.
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  6. K Williams

    K Williams

    Nov 17, 1998
    Are there any custom or semi-custom companies that make a similar version of the Sharpfinger? Bark River maybe? Looks like the current Schrade model is made in China, so I'll pass on that.
     
  7. protourist

    protourist [P] irate Member Platinum Member

    Aug 19, 2007
    Draw what you want up and send a cutout of it to John at JK Knives. He'll make one to fit your hand perfectly.

    If you watch the bay for a while though, you will see that the old Sharpfingers can be found in good shape and relatively inexpensive. The 1095 they used on them is truly a dream to use too.
     
  8. rpn

    rpn Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 17, 2008
    I want to say Christof from Koyote Knives did...but I might be wrong. I love all his blades...:thumbup:
     
  9. 338375

    338375

    Nov 4, 2006
    I don't really have a favorite. I have a handful of various knives that I use. The Schrade Sharpfinger is definitely on the top of the list though. Works great, and itis probably the most comfortable knife I have ever owned. Well, maybe I do have a favorite, and just didn't realize it :D
    My Dozier works great, but it just isn't as comfortable.

    Mack, is the Richard J knife the same one you showed me the day we met ?
     
  10. 338375

    338375

    Nov 4, 2006
    Heres an older picture. It's missing two Sharpfingers, a couple more old Westerns, and maybe some more I'm forgetting, but I'm to lazy to dig everything out and take a new picture :D

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  11. protourist

    protourist [P] irate Member Platinum Member

    Aug 19, 2007
    No, I forgot to get that one out. I will be sure to next time. I think you will like it.
    Richard has a Sharpfinger-like blade waiting for me come to think of it. I need to talk to him.:D

    That group shot of yours could have been taken straight out of my dreams.:thumbup:
     
  12. 338375

    338375

    Nov 4, 2006
    I like it :thumbup: I still think about the small one you showed me. I couldn't believe how comfortable it was in hand. I would have never guess it would be, because of its size.
    Can't wait to see your sharpfinger-like knife from Richard J. That should be really cool.

    Re: the picture, great minds :D I have a weakness for sheath knives. I really like the old Westerns. They are a well made knife, and like the old Schrades, are 1095.
     
  13. MisterZ

    MisterZ

    107
    May 23, 2012
    When I was a kid I had a Sharpfinger. It was a great knife but I lost it at some point while battling alders on a Prince William Sound goat hunt. When I stopped to take a break I realized the unsnapped sheath was all that I had left:(

    Because of this and other experiences I am a firm supporter of the work that comes out of Bob Dozier's shop. You can debate the merrits of D-2 steel, but in the role as a knife dedicated to skinning it is damn hard to fault it as done by Dozier. The ease of carry and the retention of Bob's sheath combined with great designs and his fantastic steel make for a very compelling package.

    Their knives cost more than most factory produced stuff, but a base model Yukon Professional Skinner can still be had for less than $225 which is a real value in my opinion:
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  14. sodak

    sodak Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 26, 2004
    My favorite is the Dozier K2.
     
  15. MyDogsHunt

    MyDogsHunt Banned BANNED

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    May 12, 2011
    Nice!
    I see a couple in there that I wouldn't mind getting my hands on.

    Charlie
     
  16. K Williams

    K Williams

    Nov 17, 1998
    I have a Dozier Arkansas Toothpick. I think I'm going to take a look at his hunting models. Thanks for the replies. Keep 'em coming.
     
  17. BasiliOS

    BasiliOS

    226
    May 11, 2011
    My favourite is the fallkniven h1 followed by the wm1 by the same brand.
     
  18. wackafew

    wackafew Gold Member Gold Member

    618
    Sep 23, 2008
    A knife for field dressing and skinning deer is always kind of a personal thing. The last couple of years I have enjoyed using my 2 Eddie White Shadow Knives Utility Hunters. One is in redwood burl, the other in black and red micarta, 440C steel and hollow ground. Eddie knows how to make a nice knife and how to treat that 440C. Takes and holds a wicked sharp edge. The rifle in the photo is a Ruger 77 Deluxe Express, in .30-06 with a 1.5x5 Leupold VX-III.

    Always enjoy seeing pictures of hunting knives. Let's see more!


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  19. G.E. Lee

    G.E. Lee

    28
    Dec 26, 2007
    Ruana 6BD
     
  20. K Williams

    K Williams

    Nov 17, 1998
    Wow! Ruana knives are expensive now. I wonder how much my Jr. Bowie is worth...
     

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