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  1. 68c15

    68c15 TFFWPP President Supporting Member

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    I'm not a knife "snob" and know very little about them. If you guys could help me find a knife to last me the rest of my life I'd greatly appreciate it. I have just a few criteria, if the mix is not possible please say so.

    It's purpose would be for gutting and skinning deer. I've been using a CRKT Russ Kommer Free Range 4.25" fixed blade until Friday when it broke cutting the rib cage.

    I want about a 4" fixed blade similar to what I have.
    The metal needs to keep and edge for 2-3 deer. My current knife needs sharpening after each deer.
    I'd like the metal to go all the way into the handle.
    The edge needs to have a decent curve so I can easily skin deer the way I do it.
    A gut hook would be nice touch
    Rust is not much of an issue since I tend to keep them clean and dry but I don't want one that goes out looking for rust.
    My cutting is done by holding it in numerous positions so finger grooves isn't needed, but I feel best with one that is more flat on the sides.
    I haven't really decided what my budget is yet. I have 2 of these CRKT's and an Outdoor Edge Swingblaze, each cost me about $50. If this one knife can replace all 3 and last me 15-20 years I would be willing to look into a higher price.
     
  2. ysacres

    ysacres Moderator Moderator Supporting Member

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    I have maybe 15 Buck Knives.
    I've been using this one lately, Its light, Orange, and has stayed sharp.
    orange knife.jpg

    Shirley (pun) buck has what your looking for.
    https://www.buckknives.com
     
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  3. ms6852

    ms6852 GUNZILLA Supporting Member

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    Buck Knife the 110 folder would be my choice!
     
  4. flintlock

    flintlock Well-Known Member

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    I like the Buck Pathfinder, #105. It is a little longer at 5 inches blade length and has no gut hook, which I never needed myself. It has a nice sweep at the end of the blade for skinning purposes. The knife holds an edge well, at least through two white tails at a time. And I have had and used mine for better than 50 years so I guess I like it. And it is well inside your price range and easier to clean after use than the 110 folder, which I also like a lot.
     
  5. rooter

    rooter *VMBB Senior Chief Of Staff* Supporting Member

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    Good Morning and though I have never got into a jabber about guns, I can
    contribute my own bit about a knife..It was a Buck folding knife with a sheath.
    Some of my military MOS tasks was the covering of pipe systems, both steam
    lines and chilled water lines...The knife of mine was back in the period of still
    using asbestos and much of those insulations were made with a strong nylon
    material holding the configuration together...the Buck had an accompanying
    compartment on the sheath for a sharpening stone that I used very frequently
    and over the years the blades size deterriorated grossly...As I progressed up
    the military pay grades, I got away from that work but kept the Buck...Many
    years later I was working at St. Joseph's Hospital here in Phoenix and working
    in the boiler room, got back to insulating pipe lines again...these years later it
    was spun glass or magnesium lagging to cut and model with my Buck...I must
    look for that old friend...trim my toe-nails...Chief
     
  6. 68c15

    68c15 TFFWPP President Supporting Member

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    Is Buck metallurgy that good or just a big name?

    The 105 looks good but the handle is more round and slippery. My friend Rick has that and I'm not a fan of it.

    Larry, that looks like something to consider. Shirley you must know the model number
     
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    68c15 TFFWPP President Supporting Member

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    This one has caught my eye IMG_0903.PNG
     
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    68c15 TFFWPP President Supporting Member

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    Larry inspired me to look at this IMG_0904.PNG
     
  9. SeeMor Guns

    SeeMor Guns Well-Known Member

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    I have and use a Buck 395 Omni Hunter. It is a big folder. It sharpens fairly easily and holds an edge well. Did I say it is a large folder? 0395BKS-B.jpg 20191202_061822.jpg
     
  10. gvw3

    gvw3 Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    I haven't hunted in 40 years but you can't go wrong with a Buck knife.
     
  11. joe45c

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    Not a big knife authority either but i always have been happy using Buck knives. For deer gutting i use a a Buck Stockman. I also carry a my belt a Buck 105. Bucks seem to hold a good edge.Probably better knives out there, but Bucks work good enough for me.
     
  12. rooter

    rooter *VMBB Senior Chief Of Staff* Supporting Member

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    BeeJabbers, that blade looked like my Buck when it was new, but the handle on mine
    is metal, perhaps like stainless steel. The end of the blade near the hand grip isn't
    there curved like that any longer after sharpening it so much...the blade is about
    5/8" broad now....Sure would give a positive endorsement to my Buck. Chief
     
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    jsjj388 Well-Known Member

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    I have several Buck knives, all are great.
     
  14. sharps4590

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    Ok, so I'm a traditionalist. I've been using this one for the last 15-20 deer. Once I had it sharpened to my satisfaction, where you could shave with it, all I've needed to do is run it across the crock sticks. What sold me on it was how exceedingly well that curved belly made skinning so easy. I don't believe anyone could have convinced me of it had I not actually used it. I also thought the smallish grip would be a hinderance but, it isn't for me.

    https://www.trackofthewolf.com/Categories/PartDetail.aspx/464/1/KNIFE-RB-D
     
  15. tuckerd1

    tuckerd1 Administrator Staff Member Administrator Moderator Supporting Member

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    This one will skin and gut. Replaceable blade for sharpness or resharpen yourself. It's not 4". Its does not have metal inside the grip. It's not traditional. But it works. Fits in your pocket or on your belt. And you can use the CRKT as backup. About $28 if you can find one. WK Skinning knife.jpg
     
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