Specific characteristics for dissecting Bambi

Discussion in 'Knives & Edged Items' started by user, Oct 20, 2009.

  1. The F4 is six oz., 2.5mm thick, 6" blade (nominally, actually 150 mm), and costs 76.57. That's a good bit more than the Forschner which cost in the low $20's.
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  2. Oldeyes

    Oldeyes Active Member

    Oct 13, 2006
    You have made some good choices for the stated deer processing tasks that you wish to accomplish. I also share your concern regarding the potential slippage in my hand of a blood covered knife handle. So, many years ago I decided to explore the cutlery that professional butchers and meat processors use. Many of the professional butchering knives can be had in a model with molded in hand guards to prevent either push or push and pull butchering action slippage. In my quest for a value oriented working knife solution I eventually settled on the Dexter-Russel knife line as they are very high commercial quality, have excellent handles and they are made out of excellent steel that holds a superb working edge even in particularly nasty processing applications. I have a couple of high line quality and very nice specialty knives, but when it comes down to actual production butchering it is almost impossible to beat the entire line of Dexter-Russel knives, plus they are by comparison VERY affordable. Dexter-Russel also has a truly mind boggling array of specialty butchering knives to choose from.


  3. That's a good source, OldEyes, thanks. They do have just about everything known to man by way of knives. One thing bothered me, was that they were pretty light on specifications.
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  4. Crpdeth

    Crpdeth Well-Known Member

    Apr 23, 2002
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    Sounds good! I think you'll be pleased with the purchases you've made. I've recently helped my Dad do a little work at his house and came across a knife similar to the 8" Breaking knife you posted, from his butchering days. I may have to steal it. :D

    Oh, and the Becker Tac Tool... I think you are going to LOVE it.

    Here's mine.


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  5. My father always bought junk because it was cheap, and then complained when it failed to deliver according to his expectations. I learned from his example to buy stuff that's good value = an appropriate price for something that's really going to do what's needed and to last.
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  6. Crpdeth

    Crpdeth Well-Known Member

    Apr 23, 2002
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    I agree and have to admit that my Dad is the same in many respects... Well, it depends on what he is buying.

    I was once helping him trim some shrubs on his place and he was complaining about some "loppers" that he was using... I pointed to the 3.99 price tag still stuck to it and replied "Here's your problem" LOL! He had bought them at a pawn shop that gets in some cheap tools on a truck. We got a good laugh out of that one, but the truth is that you usually get what you pay for. I suggested the Forschners because they just simply work, year after year, better than some of the higher priced blades that I've tried.

    Anyway, looks like you have a nice collection now and I expect to see some pictures of your butchering skills this season... I hope to post up some of mine as well! :):):)

  7. wpage

    wpage Active Member

    Aug 25, 2009
    I always carry my multitool & when hunting a Buck 6" blade for the work on whitetails...
  8. What kind of "multitool", and what do you find that use it for most often?
  9. Roadkil

    Roadkil Member

    Jan 4, 2010
    SW Ohio
    Very late on this, but hey I just found this site. Here is my .02 worth of information. I use a folding buck knife for gutting and general clean up of the animal in the field. When I am ready to process my deer I use the same buck knife, after it has been washed, to skin it, then wash it again and quarter the animal out. I also use a hack saw to cut off the ribs, back bone, and neck, and then a flexible 8” fillet knife to process the quartered out deer into whatever final cuts I am making.

    The above 3 items have served all my processing needs over the last 10 years.

    I also carry a Case mini copper lock pocket knife with me and a smaller pocket knife in my backpack in case I forget the Buck knife, loose it, or if it breaks. As someone above mentioned you can gut a deer in the woods with a regular pocket knife if need be, you more than likely will not split the rib cage, but you can get the animal gutted and cooled off just the same.
  10. I'm thinking that folding knives would be too hard to clean effectively.
  11. 45nut

    45nut Well-Known Member

    Jul 19, 2006
    Dallas, TX
    +1,000 Donny on the Forchner's!!!!!!!! Nothing like a 6" curved boning knife. I can do everything with my Buck, but why?

    One thing about guys is we're always looking for the right tool for the job. A good skinning knife may bone out your deer, but why not get the best tool for the job? Glad you got the boning knives too. :D
  12. Zane71464

    Zane71464 Well-Known Member

    Aug 1, 2009
    Ohio NRA Member
    each to their own and whatever works for each individual is what works. But in the past 2 years (for whitetails) I use the Gerber "Gator" gut hook with me, and do all the skinning with it as well. When I have the deer shinned I break out 2 buck lock-back folders and go to work. For 30yrs all I ever used was the 2 bucks, 110 & the
    112. Never have taken a deer to have it proccesed. IMO, whatever works for each person is all good to go.