These days I mainly use a Nyala drop point, but I've probably dressed out more deer with a large Sebenza than with any other tool. Works great, including splitting the sternum--that hollow grind opens the chest up like a zipper! I did nick something once or twice that I would have rather avoided, but the plus side is the convenience factor of carrying a folder over a fixed blade. Deer fat does tend to get into the pivot and really gunks up the action so I've found a takedown is usually necessary after using the Sebenza for field dressing. I imagine a Small, while totally adequate, would be more likely to get gunked up than a Large and for me personally, I'd find the blade to short and the handle to small, especially working in the cold,dark,rain, etc. The Nyala is a great all around knife, but it really comes into it's own dressing out and skinning deer.
I have both large and small sebenza's, and have tossed around using them for white tail field dressing and skinning. Sure they'd work, but are they the best? Personally, I don't think so. Honestly, it comes down to the sternum, and pivots. Those are the two things that if you don't need to use a sebenza for, then don't.
Getting through the sternum takes some strength. I'm confident the sebenza could do it, but i like a little thicker blade that i can really yank on. And to the point of fat building up... that's another reason of "if you don't have to, then why"... My fixed blade gets fat stuck on it, and i simply use warm water to ge the loose stuff off, then hit it with a little WD-40 and the rest easily wipes off.
I've used an ESEE 3 for many years for hunting. I would like to add a CRK fixed blade to my rotation to use on white tail, but just haven't pulled the trigger yet.
If we're talking hunting, let's at least see some pictures! Here's my deer from this year.
It’s very interesting to see different philosophies of deer knives and varying methods of meat care. Last September I was a good way down a canyon (ended up being a 10.1 mile day according to my phone) when I harvested an elk.
Great thread. I’ve got these on my desk and all have been desk queens in the short time I’ve had them. I’m hunting deer tomorrow and thinking of taking one of the 31s or the Inkosi based on the posts above. But I’ve also got a BM Presidio II that has a partially serrated blade that would be great on the sternum - but I imagine taking apart the BM for cleaning would be a bit of a pain in the arse.
To date I’ve used only fixed blades, and I’ve got quite a few new fixed blade desk queens….
I have used my regular small Sebenza, EDC since new in '07, to skin and quarter many whitetail deer and it does fine. Afterwards it gets a quick bath and every so often get taken apart, cleaned and lubed. I have also used a Case 3 blade stockman on whitetail deer. Just depends on what I have with me when I get ready to skin them. I have plenty of fixed blade skinners, but don't always have them with me.