Suggest a hunting folder??

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I am looking for a good hunting folder to skin game and complete chores around the camp site. I need it for skinning small game like: waterfowl, squirrels and other tasks. My price limit is approx $80 US. Thanks
 
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I say go get a buck 110, there inexpensive and nice knives. My friends uses his to clean pheasant, rabbit, and deer.
 

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EDIT: I take back my recommendation for this folder. I watched the more proof DVD from Cold Steel earlier and have lost all respect for Lynn Thompson as of now.
See: http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=381131

Go with the Spyderco Ocelot. It is also one of the best folding hunters around but more expensive then you want go for. If you can find one the Impala, also by Spyderco is also a great folding hunter.

Oh I have it for sure. Without a doubt the best hunting folder on the market today is the Cold Steel Ultimate Hunter. I bought one and liked it so much I bought a second one. For the $50 and some change purchase price from www.newgraham.com it is one of the best deals in knives in my opinion and certainly a lot of knife for the money spent. I used one of mine this deer season to field dress and skin out two deer and it is a super folder. It is one of the top three folders I bought in all of 05 and anyone that read my "Damages for 2005" thread can see just how many knives I had come into my possession this past year.


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Kershaw Black Horse II has a great grip.
Gerber Gator with ATS 34 steel is another beauty.
 
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I can't think of anything better for that size of game than a stockman model pocket knife. It would probably be a good idea to get one with stainless steel blades and plastic side panels. The only problem with these types of multiblade slip joint knives is dirt and corrosion in the pivot area. You want to be able to run them through the kitchen sink for cleaning.
http://dadsknifeshop.com/pd_buck_stockman.cfm
 
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I have been eyeing the benchmade NRA Steigerwalt for this same purpose. It has a 3 blades: a 3.5 inch drop point blade, a 3.1 inch clip point- better for skinning i think, and a gut hook. Looks like the complete small animal cleaner and skinner to me. If anyone has any experience with this knife i would like to hear your input.

You can see it here:
http://69.20.48.11/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=57660
 

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I know a lot of guys around here that use those little Kershaw Scallions for anything from the small game you mention to upwards of coon and beaver. I have two of those and have a bit of trouble with them due to their size but my neighbor is one of the guys I speak of and he can clean up anything with that Scallion of his. $35 or $40 at your local Wal-Mart.

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Case CV Trapper. I've got one (Chestnut bone) that's real pretty and does a great job of anything from squirrels to whitetail (haven't hunted anything larger yet).

Or, get a BM 710. Nice blade shape for skinning, and for general utility.

This one I don't have (yet), but check out the Spyderco Ocelot. I plan to get one in time for next year's deer season.

Peace.
 
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With regards to the case cv trapper. What model is the cv trapper?? I see a bunch of trappers what does the cv stand for?? I also like the looks of that cold steel!!
 
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See any of the Ka-Bar dozier folders for $20. AUS 8 steel and a great knife. I would have to agree with Jeff Clark on a stockman type knife. I personally carry a number of Moore Makers. (www.mooremaker.com) Blades are 1095 High Carbon, so you'll need to keep slightly oiled, but they hold a great edge and come in some great sizes.
 
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I think that when people refer to "CV" regarding a Case knife they are talking about the Chrome Vanadium alloy blade alloy.
 

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BM Pika or Mini-Pika in plain edge make outstanding folding hunters. Not expensive either if you lose them.

Moving up in price, Gerber Gator II is good.

If you want to spend up to your limit, a D2 Griptilian, either mini- or full-sized, would be excellent.

For hunters I prefer plain edge and no gut hook.
 
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ok, I really like the Blade-Tech Professional hunter! That is a gorgeous knife and exactly what I am looking for. Do you think it is small enought to take care of cleaning: squirrels, rabbits and waterfowl?? Where can I order this knife for the cheapest price?? Thanks!
 
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When I clean rabbits and squirrels I want a knife with a fine enough point to go inside the pelvis for easy splitting. I wouldn't pick a knife as large or with as broad a tip as the Professional Hunter. That is more the size for working on deer. A Buck 110 has a fine enough point, but I think that the handle is way too heavy to juggle while doing fine work. I would look for a knife with a clip point blade, a light handle, and not much more than a 3-inch blade. A Buck Prince or Squire would be about right for a lockback:
http://sportsmanknife.com/buck_prince_and_squire.html
 
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STR said:
Oh I have it for sure. Without a doubt the best hunting folder on the market today is the Cold Steel Ultimate Hunter. I bought one and liked it so much I bought a second one. For the $50 and some change purchase price from www.newgraham.com it is one of the best deals in knives in my opinion and certainly a lot of knife for the money spent. I used one of mine this deer season to field dress and skin out two deer and it is a super folder. It is one of the top three folders I bought in all of 05 and anyone that read my "Damages for 2005" thread can see just how many knives I had come into my possession this past year.


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Well, despite your retraction, I will say that this is indeed a heck of a knife and an astonishing value. I can't say if it is perfect for skinning game, but it is an incredible knife (did I already say that?) for the price, with great ergos and built oh-so-solidly. Plus it's made in Japan, which is a plus in my book.

(Need to separate the product from the messenger}
 
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