Vote: Which knife should I take elk hunting?

Discussion in 'Fiddleback Forge Knives' started by Odaon, Sep 7, 2018.

  1. Odaon

    Odaon Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 13, 2009
    My presence has been pretty scarce around here this summer. Busy traveling, working, wedding planning, and having fun!

    Hopefully I'll find some time in the coming weeks to check in more regularly, and if I'm lucky one of those will be with a trip report about our archery elk hunt! In a week we will be heading into the mountains to spend 9 days chasing elk with our bows. Most of the nights will be spent in a base camp, but we will probably also "spike camp" for a couple nights. I'm working on my packing list and I'm having a tough time deciding which knife to bring...

    So, Fiddleback friends which one of my knives should I take with me? It will be used for part of the elk field dressing, grouse cleaning, and any knife related camp tasks.

    Here are the contenders:

    Fiddleback Family Knives

    Fiddleback OS Ladyfinger

    Fiddleback F2

    Osprey K&T Warthog

    Fletcher Pro 6-5, my first Blade Show knife

    Non-Fiddleback Family Knives (I figure posting here a Fiddleback Family knife will win, but I like sharing pictures of my knives so might as well! :D)

    Wanta Forge Small Puukko

    GiantMouse GMF2 (another blade show purchase that I haven't put to good use yet! Or taken good pictures of...)

    Cast your votes! One of these knives will join me and my Tyto 1.1 replaceable blade knife (my main big game processing knife) in the elk woods. You have until next Thursday to help me choose one! I'll post some better pictures of the Fletcher and GiantMouse this weekend.

    Here's the Tyto again since I've mentioned a couple times.

    If everything goes right I'll have a bunch more pictures to share of the winning knife with an elk!
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2018
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  2. u_p_country


    Dec 17, 2015
    My vote is for the OS Ladyfinger!
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  3. VANCE

    VANCE Moderator Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Gold Member

    Mar 13, 2006
    Estela posted a video in his IG story of one of the professional Hunter's fellas making quick work of the Plains game animals w. his
  4. Lady1911

    Lady1911 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 31, 2018
    OS Lady.

    Simply for the one-stop-shop factor. Bushcraft stuff plus dressing large game plus basic camp chores. Just make sure it’s super sharp before you go! I’ve dressed out smaller whitetail deer with the Lil Lady because it just works well ergonomically for me and can get past the sinew and stuff very nimbly, and it can help you skin in the field too, if y’all choose that route. I’d imagine her big sis would be great for larger stuff like elk. The F2 might come in handy for precision work with grouse, though.

    Have a great time!
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  5. bladesmith3

    bladesmith3 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 8, 2015
    OS Ladyfinger
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  6. NoRest

    NoRest Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 27, 2015
    You have some great options but I can't see going on a hunt like that without your trusty OS Lady on your side!
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  7. Bmurray

    Bmurray Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 9, 2012
    any of the above
  8. Nbrackett

    Nbrackett Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 19, 2015
    OS Lady all the way.
  9. swonut

    swonut KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jan 1, 2007
    The OS Ladyfinger-- it's a classic.
  10. adequacy


    Mar 19, 2014
    I'd vote the OS lady...
    With the F2, would you need to put your finger on the tip to make sure not to puncture?
  11. Odaon

    Odaon Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 13, 2009
    Seems like a pretty clear winner so far, not very surprising!

    I think the F2 would would be a great big game knife as well as fish and fowl... And fungi. Maybe I'll take the F2 on my deer hunt in November if it doesn't get to go on this trip.

    Thanks! Hard to beat the OS Lady! I used it on my pronghorn two years ago and it was great. I also considered the Lil Lady... I'm used to a very small knife for game processing. As mentioned above my main processing knife is usually a replaceable blade knife like a Havalon or Tyto. This is my Tyto, super light, always scalpel sharp because it is one. I can usually do a whole deer with one blade and and elk with 2 or 3.


    We almost always skin and debone in the field using the "gutless method" because we're loading up backpacls and hiking the meat out a few to several miles. Bones and hide are heavy!

    I may have to bring the F2 along just to use on the grouse! :D vote on two knives! Haha .

    So many good knife options! I agree, it would be hard to leave the Lady behind, but I like trying different knives for field dressing. I've done an animal with the Lady and the Warthog. They're also all back up to the Tyto as shown above, so if it doesn't work out I can fall back on the reliable replaceable blade knife!

    As I mentioned above, we primarily use the "gutless method" for field dressing so I usually don't have to worry about puncturing. If I was gutting and animal I would definitely guide with a finger on any knife I used. I think the F2 would be a great big game knife as well, but I'm used to small and nimble as shown above.
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  12. LostViking

    LostViking Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 1, 2009
    Ha, I was going to say the OS Lady. But I'm late to the party and that base is already well covered.

    The Gutless Method on big critters makes a lot of sense. Especially if you're alone.
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  13. Warrior108

    Warrior108 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 24, 2012
    I'd be on the fence between the OS Lady and the Warthog
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  14. Odaon

    Odaon Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 13, 2009
    Both have done a great job in the past on big game! I brought the Fletcher last weekend. I think it would do a great job as well.

    Haha! Another vote for the Lady! We pretty much only use the gutless. Much cleaner.
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  15. plue


    Oct 3, 2012
    That Warthog looks like a fantastic all around knife. I love my F2, but I take it for mushrooms or trout, not late Fall.
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  16. NoFair


    Jun 30, 2006
    OS Lady. Been using mine on reindeer, deer, elk and moose with great results. Also works great on fish, birds and general use (and yours is one of the best looking ones out there)
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  17. Odaon

    Odaon Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 13, 2009
    Any pictures!?

    I did my pronghorn with the OS Lady a couple years ago. Definitely a great all around knife!
  18. NoFair


    Jun 30, 2006
    Don't really take pics of hunting and meat processing. Usually to busy and forget to take any :oops:
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  19. Odaon

    Odaon Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 13, 2009
    No worries, that's understandable. It's sort of a process to take pictures and be efficient at the same time. Haha.

    Updating some pictures right now!
  20. Fiddleback

    Fiddleback Knifemaker Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    Oct 19, 2005
    I'm loving that little razor knife.

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