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#1 OutdoorFreak97

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 12:50 AM

I'm getting into hunting raccoon and I need a skinning knife
I don't want it to be just good for ccoon either, i would like to use it for yote, deer and other stuff

What I have now is the nicest knife I've ever owned, It's hand made knife and I love it
But.... It's a little short and heavy

So I'm looking for a knife that's longer and less bulky

Stainless or not, doesn't really matter
I'd like it to take and hold an edge well

I can do $80.00
but I'd prefer to spend less than $60.00

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 02:24 AM

I use my Gerber Gator II to skin everything. It holds a good edge has a nice grip and it cleans up easy. For coon I do more peeling than knife skinning, but the blade has a nice curve to it so you don't poke into the hide. I got mine on sale at walmart for $25.

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 07:37 AM

Dexter Russell 4" skinning knife around $12.00.
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Posted 09 November 2012 - 07:38 AM

IMO, here is the best knife for skinning:

Knives of Alaska - Muskrat- 2-1/4 blade and 6-1/2" overall. blade is made from tool steel and you only have to sharpen it once or twice a year.around $50+ on ebay
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Posted 09 November 2012 - 09:52 AM

I am sorry it's a 4 1/2" Dexter And here it is with a Bolen pelter for around $25 save your money for a good fleshing knife.Posted Image
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Posted 09 November 2012 - 09:59 AM

The cheep fleshing knives you have to sharpen.Posted Image
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Posted 09 November 2012 - 12:51 PM

Eric, I use the same knife to flesh. I feel you dont need a regular fleshing knife for coyotes and fox or bobcat. Now coons, thats a different story.

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 05:32 PM

+1 on them coon's Ed. You are correct Ed you can use any knife to flesh just about any animal it just makes it a little easier and your less likely to cut the hide using a sharp fleshing knife. I like to have two sharp skinning knives so you don't have to stop and sharpen one. Coon is a bitch to get all the fat off. The Red Fox up in Illinois have some fat on them I don't know about the fox here. And I havn't had a chance to skin a Bobcat yet...it's been a long time to, so I want to make sure I have every thing I need.
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Posted 09 November 2012 - 06:51 PM

Need a Necker 600 for those coons! Makes things a lot easier!

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 06:54 PM

I am sorry it's a 4 1/2" Dexter And here it is with a Bolen pelter for around $25 save your money for a good fleshing knife.Posted Image


What AZ Predator said... those are good knives. I've got the pointy one (think it came from F&T) and it's like using a razor.

Now if you want to talk about FLESHING a coon... i'd recommend a grinder. :D

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 08:33 PM

This has been my favorite skinner since the 1970's. It's a Schrade Sharp Finger...

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This is a new version. I was shocked to find out it's now made in China.......

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 09:32 PM

This has been my favorite skinner since the 1970's. It's a Schrade Sharp Finger...

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This is a new version. I was shocked to find out it's now made in China.......


Are they as good as they used to be?
I really like the look of that knife

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Posted 10 November 2012 - 08:20 AM

It semms most everything is made in china now. I bought a fender acoustic guitar and when I got it home and looked over the paperwork, I found out it was made in China. I thought I was buying an American classic but instead I got communist firewood. Always look for that red white and blue flag before you fork over any dough!
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Posted 10 November 2012 - 12:35 PM

Are they as good as they used to be?
I really like the look of that knife

This knife seems to have the same quality as the one I had in the 70's. I purchased two from Kennesaw:

http://kennesawcutle...nife/157149.uts

At $18.00, a very reasonable price

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Posted 10 November 2012 - 01:29 PM

I find a skinny sharp blade such as on a trapper or muskrat style knife works great. ET
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Posted 11 November 2012 - 08:32 AM

I find a skinny sharp blade such as on a trapper or muskrat style knife works great. ET

Like this one? Schrade "Old Timer" Made In The USA.Posted Image
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Posted 11 November 2012 - 08:38 AM

My 1980's Gerber Made in Portland ORE. USA.Posted Image
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Posted 11 November 2012 - 08:42 AM

Like this one? Schrade "Old Timer" Made In The USA.Posted Image


That is a great one. ET
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Posted 11 November 2012 - 08:56 AM

I had one like 220's but it's been awol for years... nothing like made in the USA... I am glad Buck has changed their mind and came back to the US. I try not to buy china's crap but it's hard...
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Posted 11 November 2012 - 09:02 AM

This has been my favorite skinner since the 1970's. It's a Schrade Sharp Finger...

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This is a new version. I was shocked to find out it's now made in China.......



Yes I have one of those also Plus the oldtimer like AZ posted, also used a scalpel quite a bit for the smaller animals and were cheap to buy blades.




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