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Old November 28th, 2012, 04:33 PM   #1
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Default Best deer gutting knife??

I'm thinking of getting my dad a nice deer gutting knife for Christmas. I don't really have a preference when it comes to a good knife so I thought I would ask all of the hunters here. So what kind of knife do you use and what do you like or dislike about it? The only thing I would probably look for is a small knife that can be carried easily.
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Old November 28th, 2012, 04:42 PM   #2
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I use on like this:
http://www.cabelas.com/product/Campi...3Bcat104330880

not sure on the brand of mine, but it looks just like it; I love it. Small easy to use, easy to get into tight places, can be sharpend easily
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Old November 28th, 2012, 05:09 PM   #3
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Old November 28th, 2012, 05:14 PM   #4
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Get him a Hess. I love mine.


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Old November 28th, 2012, 05:25 PM   #5
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subscribed, in the market for one as well
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Old November 28th, 2012, 05:34 PM   #6
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I use on like this:
http://www.cabelas.com/product/Campi...3Bcat104330880

not sure on the brand of mine, but it looks just like it; I love it. Small easy to use, easy to get into tight places, can be sharpend easily
Do you find the hook useful? I've never used one, always wondered if it actually gets used.
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Old November 28th, 2012, 05:50 PM   #7
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I use a Case Muskrat knife that my Grandfather gave me. It has a thin angled blade for skinning and can be kept real sharp.

I like a smaller knife for gutting a deer, something with a blade about the length of my finger. And it has to be real sharp.

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Old November 28th, 2012, 06:31 PM   #8
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I have yet to find one that I like. I have bought dozens of knifes for skinning and gutting and I am always disappointed. I can't find one that will actually hold an edge. I usually use my 2 1/2" long buck folding 3 blade knife. It is better than $150 hunting knifes that I have got.

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Old November 28th, 2012, 07:31 PM   #9
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I own a lot of knives, spyderco, crk, rapid river, buck, gerber, custom damascus, cutco, and a bunch more.

this is the one I carry for deer season:



http://www.browning.com/products/cat...2&tid=676&bg=x
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Old November 28th, 2012, 07:44 PM   #10
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I have tried a few different setups, and this one is my favorite:



It's a Remington "Big Game" folding knife. I like having a gut hook, makes opening up the stomach very simple without the fear of poking into the guts...basically like opening a big zipper.

I have tried knifes with a gut hook built into the top of the blade, and those work well for most of the gutting process...but have one big downfall. While cutting around the rear "o-ring", aka asshole...the wider blade (taller blade may be a better term) that are common with most gut hook/knife combos makes that task tricky. A thinner blade will slice in easier and keep from pushing like the taller blade will (like the knife wave_crusher posted).
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Old November 28th, 2012, 08:01 PM   #11
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Buck 102, I would believe that this knife has gutted many deer
http://www.cheaperthandirt.net/produ...FelDMgodLCAA9A
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Old November 28th, 2012, 10:11 PM   #12
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Love my Marbles drop point. You would have to find one used to get a good one. If it has "Gladstone, MI" on the blade it's a good one. Rapid River Knife Works www.rapidriverknifeworks.com was opened by a couple of guys that left Marbles before they closed. I have been in their shop and was very impressed. They sharpened a few of my knives and they are now like razor blades. I don't have one of their knives yet so I can't say how well they hold an edge.
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Old November 28th, 2012, 10:22 PM   #13
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I use on like this:
http://www.cabelas.com/product/Campi...3Bcat104330880

not sure on the brand of mine, but it looks just like it; I love it. Small easy to use, easy to get into tight places, can be sharpend easily
I absolutely love my alpha by Buck (knife in attachment). I chose to not get the gut hook for reasons mentioned above but couldn't be happier with the knife itself. I bought a similar one for 2 son-in-laws and I like them alot but they fold and I personally don't like a folding knife for gutting/skinning.
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Tried lots of different knives, Buck 110 is still my favorite.
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Anyone use one of these?
http://m.havalon.com/the-piranta-skinning-knives.html
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Buck 102, I would believe that this knife has gutted many deer
http://www.cheaperthandirt.net/produ...FelDMgodLCAA9A
x2 on the 102. Second year using it, have cleaned about 8 deer with it and I love it so far.
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Do you find the hook useful? I've never used one, always wondered if it actually gets used.

Imo the hook is useless. If you any dexterity and common sense at all you can do it just as easy and fast with a standard knife.

I have a basic folding Kershaw. It was cheap (which is great since i tend to loose knives) but it is very sharp...to me that is the key....the knife has to be extremely sharp.....if its not you will struggle
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Old November 29th, 2012, 12:55 PM   #18
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Do you find the hook useful? I've never used one, always wondered if it actually gets used.
I have a Browning with a gut hook, I use mine on every deer.
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Old November 29th, 2012, 01:11 PM   #19
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I appreciate all of the input on your favorite gutting knife. I wasn't sure about the gut hook but I always thought it would be nice to have one if they worked and it sounds like most of you like them. I'll be honest, my dad taught me how to gut a deer using a utility knife (razor blade) and I have never tried anything else and I've never seen him use anything else either but I think it's time for a change for both of us.
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Old November 29th, 2012, 03:12 PM   #20
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I really like my Benchmade. Been through 3 deer so far and the edge is still awesome. It's a folder but if you have a good knife, the only downside to a folder is more gunk in the mechanism after you gut. It's not going to collapse on you. It's a good pocket knife too.

I don't have one with the gut hook, and I don't see why I would ever use one. Just don't stab the damn thing straight down and you'll be more than fine. I haven't accidentally poked the guts since I was 15, and that's a mistake you only make once.
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