Hunting knives and their uses

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  1. johnlives4christ

    johnlives4christ Former Guest

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    i also have this folding hunting knife. its a jet aer brand copy of a buck 110. [​IMG] one of the only things my daddy left me
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    Ive had 3 Buck 110's. One my Dad gave me as a kid, one I bought at age 16 and while skinning out a deer a "fellow hunter" thought he needed it worse then me! And the one I have in the pic I posted...that knife has been used big time!
    EDIT: I even engraved my name on it...just in case someone ever thought that they may need it worse then me...errr
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  3. johnlives4christ

    johnlives4christ Former Guest

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    i cant stand a thief. i'd gladly give something away as oppose to having someone take it.

    im thinking about picking up a 110 and a 112, the smaller version. i really want the smaller one.
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    This has got to be the most ironic statement I've heard in months.

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    sometimes, one only hears what one wants to hear
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    ..ironic or not, to me...there isnt much worse than a thief. Ive had my share of those type of "people" and it/"they" sicken me!
    John, the 112 is a nice size, not too big and not too small.
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  7. Crpdeth

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    Well said... I can tolerate a lot of things, but a dirty thief has no place anywhere near me.

    As for the topic. I find that a cheap, 6" Forschner boning knife will do it all, from field to table.

    Crpdeth
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    The handiest Buck I ever owned is my Buck 442, but i don't think it is still made.

    Bought it at Smokey Mountain Knife Works when we were on our 25th anniversary vacation, for like $19.95 and it's been in my pocket ALMOST ever since.

    It is etched "Ist Production Run- Idaho: on the blade, and is pretty as well as functional, and besides it's light to carry, holds the typical buck edge with that 60/40 bevel, but is easy to sharpen not like other bucks I've had, one you could use for "serious purposes" in a pinch, but also doesn't frighten the old ladies when you pull it out to opena letter or a box.

    Funny thing is I thought I LOST it one time, and tried to buy another, found they were discontinued, checked on EBAY and found TWO and put a bid on BOTH thinking one would go away and ended up winning them both!

    And a few days after THAT cleaned my car and found the original under the seat!:p

    SO now my Son in the Army in Korea is carrying one, and my Daughter has one in her apartment.


    I've ALWAYS carried a sharp blade in my pocket ever since I was a kid, but even more so when in 1991 I found myself hanging upside down in my brand new car after an accident. Anybody that has tried to get out of a seat belt when you are suspended from it in a bad wreck knows that cutting out may be the only way to get out FAST. Luckily a passerby crawled in and released me, but that was about the LAST time I didn't have SOME kind of knife with me IN MY POCKET.:cool: No matter if I'm in jeans or in a suit, it's with me. And in the POCKET. When the car flips things in the console or on the dash end up everywhere BUT in REACH!:cool:
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    That's a good knife there. A friend of mine that is a butcher uses it almost exclusively. I think for the gutting portion a little shorter blade with a little differant curve is better, but I've seen this knife do quite a bit of work on some meat and it worked nicely. It sharpens good too. It's definately one I like to have around. I need to get another one.

    A little off subject, but just barely, I'd like to get a knife from the guy at Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO. He hand forges knives and tempers them properly. The man is sharp too. He studied metallurgy for years. His demonstration up there was neat. He'd cut a free hanging 1" rope then jab his knife into a heavy walled 55 gal drum and repeat the process all day long. His blades are heavy enough to chop wood with, hard enough not to ding up the blade, but soft enough to take an edge. The only downside is they are about $100/blade inch.....
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    Funny thing about "cheap" knives...when the supposedly "best" taxidermist in my area caped my nice 8 pt for mounting this year, he did it with a Rapala 4" fillet knife!:eek: Yeah, the ones you can buy in a blister pack at any Department store for like $8.99!

    I asked him about it and he said it was the BEST knife for his work he has ever found, EXCEPT for the fact that it will no longer take an edge after about 5-10 passes on his expensive crossed steel sharpener.

    After he was done he then took me into his shop and showed me the 8 or so custom knives he has had made for him by some of the best custom knifemakers in the country, to whom he sent a brand new Rapala Knife and told them to copy it in their best work to see if they could make one to match it but would hold an edge.

    The funny thing is some knifemakers sent him some that were darn CLOSE but some sent him ones not even NEAR the design of that knife.

    He said he has spent a pretty penny with custom knifemakers, and has given up. He now buys the CHEAP Rapala 4" knives by the gross and throws them away when it stops taking an edge, and gets out another one.:p

    He says it does everything he needs to do with a deer head until he needs to switch to his surgical scalpels.
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    I've often said that you can spend a lot more money, but you wont find a better field knife or kitchen knife than this Forschner... Polish, the thing I like about these is that they do take and keep an edge, the blade is thin enough that you could fillet with it so I bet your friend would like it...

    Country: 600.00 per blade inch. :eek: Holy hell, Man! I think I'll take two 6" knives. :D Seriously though, that sounds like a mean piece of steel!

    Crpdeth
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    I will do that next time I go bug him in his shop, Crp, maybe if he quit having to switch out knives and order another crate of them he could finish my mount a little faster than the 12-14 months he originally quoted me!:D

    Then again he talks more than I do, so maybe if guys quit "bugging him in his shop" he would get them done faster too!:cool:
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    I used many knives on a charter boat in the FL Keys until I found Forschner.
    At the end of the day, with a huge audience, you always had a big variety of fish to carve. From small fish to large and extra large fish, some with scales like armor. Each 'fish owner' would tell you how they wanted theirs cleaned, gutted, filleted, steaked, etc. The Forschner stainless was not only a plus for the salt water, but theirs really took an edge, and held it well. I kept a carborundum stone and a bucket of salt water to dip it in, handy at all times.
    Instead of honing oil, the salt water kept the stone clean, and was a breeze to tighten up the edge. I used 3 on a regular basis, 6" boning, 10" carving, 12" carving. These knives got A LOT of daily use for years, and I still use them in my kitchen at home.
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    As with any tool, I believe you need a good variety. [ guns,knives, screwdrivers, etc. ]
    Some tools are 'job specific', and some are good 'all around'. I always use this argument
    to get new 'toys', albeit the truth.
    One of the absolute finest skinning knives is the Puma 'Skinner'. I bought it at Gibsons for $12.95 in the sixties, last I saw it priced was around $150.
    The Old Timer 'Sharpfinger' is a perfect [and beautiful] skinner, and it's sister style for birds is also great.
    Back in the '60s and early '70s living in the Rockies, I saw many who were very fond of Buck knives, but many of them had a problem with the blade breaking in cold weather.
    I am probably the fondest of old Case XX knives than any other. I have a folding XX that I only use for trout/salmon. Case used to make the prettiest, most beautiful, durable, usable knives on the market. I have spoken to many knifemakers that said the old Case knives gave them the inspiration to start building themselves.
    I honestly don't know how it would be possible to have only one or two.....{tools}
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    Correction on size- 6", 8", 10" Forschner
    2nd pic- unknown brand,HIGH carbon steel, flexible,razorsharp!
    Bird and Skinner- Old Timer
    Puma 'Skinner'

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    Case XX- perfect for trout
    Couple of Shane Sloan's
    Who could forget these-2 Old Timers, Queen City #10, CaseXX [sodbuster]
    Two homemade attempts

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    Different type of hunting......compliments USMC

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    I had family-in-law that worked for Case for years in Bradford in the old days, and I at one time had a heckuva collection of them, mainly because my ex-bro-in-law loved to drink and play poker and wasn't good at either:p and when he owed me big time I would take a knife of his instead of cash.

    I had Makos, A REALLY nice small game folder, and tons of pockets...but they are ALL gone now, either traded or sold, EXCEPT for my Case xx fillet knife, which is WONDERFULL for cutting up Venison...except for that stupid "Gut Spoon" on the back. If you FILLET a Fish you never SEE the guts! Every year when I get that little blister on my hand about 3/4s way through a deer I threaten to take it to my belt sander and grind off that sppon, but I can't bring myself to change it so much. It is an old model and takes a good edge.

    Then there is the Case set of Kitchen knives on the wall- Wedding present, still going strong after 30 years!:D
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    I got an old Puma that I use just for whitetail deer ...

    OFC
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    Knowing I am not going to bear fight with a knife ... for my heavy work a Buck 110 that is 25 years old. Have a double bladed Case and Gerber of similar size. Case is even older. But, I use a double bladed muskrat pocket knife for most things. Of fixed blade knives I have a dandy little Case. I have about 200 knives and see a number of them on posts above. Few are large. Chop wood with an ax!! :p

    Bought a hardware store's display several years ago. Owner was closing shop. Some nice English Sheffields.

    Oh, have that huge - and useless - Bowie that the NRA gave me for my Benefactor upgrade awhile ago. Just noticed it has finger prints on the blade --- best to chat with my G-Son!

    Have a neat German boot knife my Uncle brought home and I inherited. Complete with metal scabbard and boot clip. Useless for hunting/fishing ....
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