How to clean a fish with a PSK knife.

Discussion in 'Outdoor Gear, Survival Equipment & More' started by Woods Walker, Apr 27, 2016.

  1. Woods Walker

    Woods Walker

    Jun 3, 2010
    A PSK knife to me is something which can fit in a smaller container such an Altoids tin etc etc though everyone has their own point of view. I have some PSK blades which don't fit those little tins however still consider them PSK knives. No clear definition however most know what I am talking about. Some people online say PSK knives are just toys. Things tossed in an Altoids kit with the hopes they never get used. But is that true? I don't think so as often carry them both in the woods and EDC. For some I bent Kydex sheaths making them into ultra small neck knives. Also have them in my little kits as well.

    So here is just a short demonstration of me cleaning a trout in the woods for immediate consumption during an outing which will be posted within an upcoming stove gear review update. I review gear during actual outings because it's more fun.

    The PSK knife, in this case a Wolf Creek Forge stainless PSK. Yes it fits in an Altoids tin.


    The lucky trout. Cleaning trout in da woods with a PSK knife GO!


    It's not rocket science gutted and removed the head like using any other knife. Normally if cooking over a fire I leave the head but not for pan frying. Maybe I don't like the eyes looking at me as I flip um inside the pan?


    Cleaning out the dark blood vein thing along the spine.


    A little brook used to get water for my camp a few miles away from the trout stream. It will be pefect to clean off the knife and fish.



    All washed up inside and out.


    Done! This trout was for immediate consumption aka in camp.


    I have also used PSK knives to work friction fire sets with success.




    Are they the perfect tool for every job? No. But they're UL, often fit into little kits and more importantly beat the knife you don't have if needed. Here is a video and it's not long either. If fish guts and knives are your thing maybe check it out.


    Thanks for looking.
  2. D R E

    D R E

    May 25, 2000
    Cool, thanks for sharing!
  3. Student762


    Mar 7, 2014
    Nice to see that PSK getting out and about instead of sitting all lonesome in an altoids tin ;)
  4. jacktrades_nbk


    Feb 7, 2007
    Good use for the little one. Thanks for sharing :thumbup:
  5. Woods Walker

    Woods Walker

    Jun 3, 2010
    Thanks for looking everyone! Yup I really like to take those PSK knives out and about!
  6. Codger_64

    Codger_64 Moderator Moderator

    Oct 8, 2004
    It is amazing the work one can do with a small blade and perseverance. I've skinned, dressed and butchered whitetail deer with a 1" blade before. Those PSKs pack a lot of usefulness in a small package.
  7. Woods Walker

    Woods Walker

    Jun 3, 2010
    In some ways they remind me of our earliest bladed tools, knapped stone flakes. Worked for thousands of years and assuming we don't destroy everything maybe thousands more. Thanks for looking and the insightful comments.
  8. sideways


    Feb 19, 2013
    Looks good. :thumbup:

    And with a lightweight knife there is room for a honey-soy-glaze to go with the fishy. :D
  9. Brian Jones

    Brian Jones Moderator Moderator

    Jan 17, 1999
    I'm a huge fan of small blades (how's that for opposites?) for the vast majority of my wilderness work. Well done!
  10. Gizler00

    Gizler00 Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Awesome post!!

    Are you in PA?


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