I always cut my fingers when I cut up my deer

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  1. 38 special

    38 special New Member

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    Every year I try to cut up my deer without cutting my fingers but it never works out that way. This year I cut my thumb to the bone with the meat saw.I'm hacking away and it slips off the bone so now I have this huge wrap on my thumb. Last year it was another finger I sliced with the fillet knife. I have got to slow down. But it takes almost a day to process the deer cutting all the suet off and getting perfect steaks and roasts. It's a lot of work. Anyone else have this problem?
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    GMFWoodchuck New Member

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    You need to really invest in those kevlar gloves. If nothing else they'll improve your grip.

    Make sure you see a doctor about those cuts though, deer blood in a person isn't a good thing.
  3. tim peterson

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    It seems like every year ! This year I have dressed and deboned two nice bucks and happy to say only four nicks. Back in 1998 I was sking a deer leg with a very sharp Kershaw when my daugher ( twelve at the time ) came up behind me and grabed my shoulder to tell me its time to eat. I was so startled that I pulled the knife clear throught the hide and into my index finger. To make it short, I ended up in the ER with eleven stiches one expensive Deer.
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    cycloneman Well-Known Member

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    38 if you keep having trouble just bring it to someone to process it for you. Believe me it will be cheaper in the long run.
  5. zkovach

    zkovach Active Member

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    I use to sell cookware and knives for years and 90% of the time when someone cuts themselves their knife is dull. just my 2 cents And another 2 cents i pay 60 bucks for my deer to get processed and i havent cut myself yet.
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    Sounds like you need to slow down,and watch a little closer to what you are doing.
  7. 38 special

    38 special New Member

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    You're right ,there. It's just a matter of paying close attention to what I'm doing and not trying to go to fast. If I think about I think that is the problem. When I'm retired and dont have to go to work the next day Im sure Ill be a little more leisurely and relaxed when I go at it.
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    Zkovach is right - dull knives are hard to control and will slip more easily than a sharp knife. And having the right knives for the job is important. I know there's ol' geezers who can whittle down a big buck with a scout's pocket knife, but who'd want to?

    I've come to the conclusion that one ought to have a good general purpose hunting knife suitable for pig-sticking, bunghole removal and blooding; one good skinning knife; one good boning knife; and one good slicing/quartering knife; plus a hatchet or saw for the pelvis and sternum.
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    Pretty much already summed up my thoughts. Hope your thumb heals up alright.
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    Terry_P New Member

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    Before I gut the animal I take a deep breath and out loud tell myself it's time to slow down. I then cut deliberately and can avoid cutting or even nicking myself. I have cut them up and keep my knives sharp and get really deliberate and talk to no one while I'm cutting.
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    If it makes you feel any better I know a guy who processes upto 3 moose a day from swinging sides to packed in a freezer after season and has been cutting meat his whole life. At least once a year he ends up with stitches. Even the pro's who have done it forever slip sooner or later.

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