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Location: Northern Minnesota
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Bear Knife

What knife do you use to field dress Black Bear ?

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Location: OlyWa
Joined: 04/27/2005
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Bear Knife

No need for a special knife.
I have a small cheap Coast knife that I have used on about a dozen bears. It was a gift many years ago and has worked very well. It is only about 4 inches closed and has a plastic handle, but it is easy to sharpen and since it is on the shoulder strap of my day bag it goes everywhere. I have also used it on a ton of deer and even an elk.

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I have a remmington that quite frankly is probably too big. Have you seen those Vermont knives? Kingdom knives I think they are called. Very expensive, but they come with a lifetime warranty and the design is great. I saw their ad in the BEAR Hunting mag. The ad was good, because I wanted one as bad as a new rifle after reading it. Laugh But I'm no expert, so I won't give advice. Hey blackbear, are you taking your .35 Rem?

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Location: Northern Minnesota
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I sure like my Marlin .35 Rem. but I have an 1895MR .450 that will go into the swamp with me this year. I saw the Kingdom Knives ad in Bear Hunting too and looked up their website. Very nice.

I started collecting carbon steel Marble's Brand knives recently.
I have carried my fathers Marble Knife for over 40 years. I put it away so I would not lose it. I have never had a better knife for holding an edge so I decided to pick up a few more.

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I had never heard of Marble Knives before. I just looked at their website. There is ALOT there to look at. I'm going to try one out for my next pocket knife. I go through pocket knifes too quickly from the abusive carving on horns and such. I havn't found a blade that will hold a good edge yet, or easily get it back.

About that rifle... I guess if I was going to crawl into the swamp I might want the Marlin 450 in my hands too! By the way, happy father's day.

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Location: Northern Minnesota
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jfrench, Marble's carbon steel blades are great. I understand that some are now made overseas that are not as good. If the blade says "Marble's Gladstone Michigan" they should be the good ones. I have not had a pocket knife of theirs yet. Happy fathers day back at ya.

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Location: Montana
Joined: 10/24/2006
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Same style knife that one uses for deer,elk what have you will work for any other big game. I prefer as do most other guides I know to be drop point skinner or hunter with finger guards

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Location: Northern Minnesota
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Black Bear are tough on knives if you clean several of them a day. Their underside always seems to have sand or grit material that quickly dulls a knife blade. I have never cared for gut hooks but it might be worth using a different knife to slit them open than is used to finish the job. I can clean deer all season without sharpening my knife because deer are cleaner than bear.

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Location: Montana
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I have dressed several in my life, never had a problem except for one which was a factory knife

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Location: ontario
Joined: 07/07/2006
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I use a filleting knife for field dressing and for skinning I have my folding knife which takes and holds an edge fairly well. I'll do about 15 each season with this system.

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All this talk about knives got me to go down and pick up a new Buck knife for camping. Laugh

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