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KNIVES FOR HUNTING

KNIVES FOR HUNTING

Many of us hunters of long have a love affair with the tool of a successful hunt; the knife.
In our minds, we have this idea of the perfect knife that will fit our hand like a glove; that will perform surgery like a scalpel; that will not need to be sharpened ever, and will remove a cape as well as field dress and skin anything from a deer to a moose.

In our search for the perfect blade, we accumulate many of them that are probably as good as the best knife ever made, but in our search for Nirvana we keep adding new blades and hoping to do enough hunting to test all of them on game.

On the other hand, some hunters are not interested at all in the tool. My friend Frank that has probably field dressed at least fifty deer with the same Buck hunter knife in the last 20 years removes it from the pack once every year in hunting season to field dress a deer or two, and the blade goes back into the same pack to wait for next year’s job.
Perhaps his father being a butcher has something to do with it. He was taught how to field dress a deer early in life, and to him it is just a necessary job that has to be performed. To others like me it is a culmination of all our efforts and should be done as elegantly and as clean and bloodless as possible and with the most effective of tools.

I have found in my long search for the perfect blade that many of today’s knives in the market qualify as superb blades for the job. A good knife blade of 3 ½ to 4 inches will be plenty for most chores. Preferences in my case are for the drop-point blades, but I have had good service from clip points or other shapes.

Some of us like a fancy wood or antler handle or perhaps some engraving on the blade. Those I label dress knives and are a great way to stir a conversation between fellow hunters. I am one with that type of taste and will always appear at camp with a fancy blade. The truth is that I perform all of my field dressings with a plain one that I keep hidden in my pack.

Here is one of my fancy blades, the Browning model 122 one of one thousand, and the one that does the actual field dressing, a Buck 192 Vanguard.

Best wishes
Black Bear

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Nice blades! My go to knife that handles all of my dirty work during the deer season is the buck CrossLock. I always thought that Vanguard looked like a great knife for dirty work also. I'm sure someday it will find it's way into the collection Big smile

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Although my views of factory knives differ greatly from yours Id like to add that a knife can be made to look like it belongs in a showcase and yet more then hardy enough to do a hunters duty if not the duty if one carries and uses it allot. Technology and know how go very far these days to do this task.
I often am asked to make a custom knife and 8 out of ten people who receive them will within 3 sentences say they decided its to nice to use. At first I was sort of put off by the statement and insisted they use it now I realize what I heard was a compliment. I had even been asked to make a second less fancy version of same knife because they wanted to use a knife.
First time I was asked that I took it away from him, slammed it edge first onto the edge of a 1/4 inch mild steel welding table about 4 times and when his eyes were back in his head he noticed the edge wasn’t so much as marred and hadn’t rolled at all. Then his jaw dropped. This was a fulltime saddle maker and knew a think or two about blades that cut i.e. leather. He since has told me he has 2 things to brag about, one being the look the other being the function. Trouble for him was his old man used it once and kept it in his pack in exchange for a number of other knives he decided he didn’t want anymore. From what I heard it was a heck of a battle over it.
I am a Big game guide and see allot of hunters, it amazes me how many people will spend 1000$ on a rifle scope combo or more, hundred on pack, range finder ECT and then carry a 60$ knife that they complain about.
I guess my point is you can have it fancy and be able to use it, if it’s built right, if one cant well there is a reason.

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Location: Long Island N. Y.
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Years ago I was invited to join a German hunting club in the Catskills, which had access to huge woods and was managed for quality deer. The members hunted from hotchsits and performed the "last meal" ceremony in the deer they got, all very proper and traditional Teutonic customs.

To "fit" in I dusted off my Mannlicher style Mauser 30-06 rifle and bought a White Hunter II Puma knife.

Here is it.

Best

Black Bear

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This is what I carry in my fanny pack ,I have used them for many years and found i didn't really need anything else the top one is my buck and bottom one is browning

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I had the same trouble with knives too nice to use. I bought some laminated Swedish blades got a hunk of walnut from my woods and made what I call the $10 knife. I will put a piece of ash, maple or walnut with a bit of bone and call it good, then someone gave me some antler and I added that now they are too nice to use.
I'll send a pic or two later.

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If a "nice" knife is built right and used correctyl using it would have zero impact on the looks of it.

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Love my knives! Just like my guns. They are tools, and should be maintained regularly. After hunting season, I clean and oil my guns and store them in the cabinet. I clean and oil my knives too. Usually about the end of july, beginning of august, I will get my muzzleloader out and inspect it to make sure that no rust has built up in the bore. I than clean it and put it back. My knives I sharpen usually a week before I got hunting. I used to use an Old Timer (6OT+) My dad get me back in 91, my first knife actually. Been with me until last year when I retired it so I can give it to my boys. Now I will be using my Leatherman Wave to do the dirty work, and look at buying a Buck 110 folding hunter for just in case. The Wave has a plain and serrated edge knife and a saw, which will all work for what I need for dressing.

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