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#2915569 - 08/21/12 06:54 PM Havalon Knives
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After about 2 years of hearing some of my friends absolutely rave about Havalon Knives for butchering animals, I finally made the switch. The Havel company has been one of the largest manufactures of scalpels and surgical tools for sometime. Apparently, these scalpels have been popular for years with taxidermists and, upon realizing this, the company launched a outdoor division, Havalon, which if geared towards hunters.

Now, I will be the first to admit that I don't like the idea of replaceable blades. Furthermore, I like high quality, German steel and I rather enjoy keeping it sharp, but, Benchmade knives or even my Henckle boning knife have nothing on the edge of these replaceable blades. I mean these things are stupid sharp. In fact, they are so sharp, that you have to relearn some of your cutting and skinning techniques. This is not a knife that you will use to muscle your way though tendons (though, you can slice your way through tendons), nor will it split a pelvis bone, but it will skin, cut and butcher life a surgical instrument. All of a sudden my Benchmade pocket knife feels like tool I would use to pry a door open rather than a butchering instrument.

I have the Piranta knife, which is the smaller one. The larger, skinning knife might be nice for tackling moose or caribou, but for whitetails, squirrels, rabbits etc, the Piranta is the perfect size. The edge of the blade should fully handle 2-3 deer before blade replacement. At about 50 cent a blade and 5 extras taking up the space of a pack of chewing gum, its no big deal.

I do still carry a Benchmade folder when hunting as more of a "utilitarian" knife than anything else. But, when it is time to skin and butcher, I use this Havalon knife and there is no knife that comes close to this degree of precision and sharpness. If you fancy a fixed blade, "Buck" knife, this is pretty much the complete opposite. I have also gotten this thing out for the kitchen a few times as you can shave a clove of garlic into razor thin, transparent slices. Shaving silverskin off of backstraps is a breeze, too. In fact, it is a pleasure.

So, there. It is not a knife for combat, nor is it a knife for carving spear, whittling a piece of bone, prying a hub cap off, or everyday carry. It is a knife for gutting, slicing, skinning , quartering, trimming and deboning and it is far sharper or more precise than any knife I have ever used.
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#2915609 - 08/21/12 07:39 PM Re: Havalon Knives [Re: Poser]
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I have had the piranta for a while, great knife.

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#2915690 - 08/21/12 08:39 PM Re: Havalon Knives [Re: trealtree]
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Looks a bit small and narrow for my liking, but I just watched a video about them and the price is such that I'm going to have to get one on order to try it this season.
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#2915711 - 08/21/12 08:56 PM Re: Havalon Knives [Re: Vermin93]
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 Originally Posted By: Vermin93
Looks a bit small and narrow for my liking, but I just watched a video about them and the price is such that I'm going to have to get one on order to try it this season.


They do seem small compared to most outdoor knives, but that shortness really allows for precise technique. You can always go with the larger knife, but I don't think it is necessary, especially if you are skinning squirrels and small game, too.
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#2915745 - 08/21/12 09:14 PM Re: Havalon Knives [Re: Poser]
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I'm going to go with the new Piranta Torch because it's a tad bigger and I have bear-sized paws.

Check it out-

Havalon Knives difference of Piranta, Baracuda & Torch
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#2916396 - 08/22/12 12:42 PM Re: Havalon Knives [Re: Vermin93]
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Good stuff guys, thanks for sharing. I too may give the Torch a hard look in the coming weeks.
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#2930370 - 09/03/12 09:22 AM Re: Havalon Knives [Re: Andy S.]
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I've been watching Meat Eater and getting really interested in these knives. Thanks for the post.
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#2930521 - 09/03/12 12:02 PM Re: Havalon Knives [Re: DntBrnDPig]
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I have a piranta and a Baracuta with the filet blades... Haven't used the piranta as of yet but i filet crappie with the baracuta. Word of advise, be VERY careful when using these. I cut myself 3 or 4 times just by barely touching the blade
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#2930656 - 09/03/12 02:52 PM Re: Havalon Knives [Re: JAJ]
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I have mine in my pocket daily. Good for a ton of uses. I cut vegggies, trim cordage, open boxes, etc... Does a bang up job slicing thru shrink wrap on the pallets at work. The blades are in a sterile pack if you ever feel the need to do emergency surgery...
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#2930784 - 09/03/12 05:30 PM Re: Havalon Knives [Re: Dienamic]
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Eastman's is giving them away with a new subscription or renewal, right now. The only charge above their regular subscription fee is a $9 shipping and handling fee. My subscription was good through 2013, but for $9 I had to renew through 2014.

http://www.eastmans.com/shop/subscriptions/

Hopefully it gets here before my elk hunt next week. I'm going to go ahead and sharpen my knives just in case.


Edited by buzz mcmanus (09/03/12 05:32 PM)

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#2931563 - 09/04/12 10:18 AM Re: Havalon Knives [Re: Buzzard Breath]
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I was at a cookout the other night and the guy tending the grill was too drunk to be doing his job and we ended up with a well done pork loin on our hands. In order to make a dry hunk of meat palatable, I told the guy to go away and I took my Havalon knife and cut the tenderloin into razor thin slices, I'm talking prosciutto thin, and then added a little Musky dine jelly to each slice -worked pretty well, given the circumstances. Nothing worse then a thick slice of dry meat.
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#2932074 - 09/04/12 05:55 PM Re: Havalon Knives [Re: Poser]
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Oh, and the guy who burned the loin was from KY.... and was motor-mouthing about how great baiting is while his meat burned.
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#2932192 - 09/04/12 07:46 PM Re: Havalon Knives [Re: Buzzard Breath]
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 Originally Posted By: buzz mcmanus
Eastman's is giving them away with a new subscription or renewal, right now. The only charge above their regular subscription fee is a $9 shipping and handling fee. My subscription was good through 2013, but for $9 I had to renew through 2014.

http://www.eastmans.com/shop/subscriptions/

Hopefully it gets here before my elk hunt next week. I'm going to go ahead and sharpen my knives just in case.


Great Deal thanks for letting me know I just Re-upped my subscription and got a another havalon knife.
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#2932230 - 09/04/12 08:10 PM Re: Havalon Knives [Re: trealtree]
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Ya im renewing also to get the knife
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#2935230 - 09/07/12 09:48 AM Re: Havalon Knives [Re: pseshooter300]
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I order Eastman and the knife. Be my second Piranta knife but that wont hurt a thang
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#2937959 - 09/10/12 08:33 AM Re: Havalon Knives [Re: Buzzard Breath]
DntBrnDPig
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Dude! Awesome find. For the price of the knife you get the magazine. Probably right though, the knife will make it before next season.
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#2945742 - 09/17/12 06:43 AM Re: Havalon Knives [Re: DntBrnDPig]
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I've used the piranta for a couple of years now. The biggest problem I have with them is breaking the blades. You can't put very much pressure on them. It is the sharpest knife I've ever owned.

Edited by 8 POINTS OR BETTER (09/17/12 06:46 AM)
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#2945921 - 09/17/12 09:20 AM Re: Havalon Knives [Re: 8 POINTS OR BETTER]
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 Originally Posted By: 8 POINTS OR BETTER
I've used the piranta for a couple of years now. The biggest problem I have with them is breaking the blades. You can't put very much pressure on them. It is the sharpest knife I've ever owned.


I have broken a couple of blades, too. The key is learning to change your technique. Having used conventional knives up until this point, I was used to certain motions, pressure and results by muscling and even twisting through sinew, joints, etc. Old habits die hard, but you really have to learn how to finess your way through connective tissues and accept the fact that the blade will not handle twisting motions. That being said, you can pretty much think of the blades as sticks of chewing gum anyway. With that kind of surgical sharpness, breaking a few blades is a reasonable tradeoff.

One thing that I really like about the sharpness of the blades is that the edge still has a certain "grabbing" quality to it. It is razor sharp, yet not bore smooth -you can feel the edge "grab" your skin when you put your finger to it. My sharpest conventional knives always end up with a very smooth edge, either from ceramic sticks or a leather strop.
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#2950463 - 09/20/12 02:14 PM Re: Havalon Knives [Re: Poser]
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Just ordered one...
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#2950505 - 09/20/12 02:51 PM Re: Havalon Knives [Re: bowtch huntr209]
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I bought one last year and cleaned three deer and only used three blades. GREAT knife.
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#2950919 - 09/20/12 09:22 PM Re: Havalon Knives [Re: varminthunter123]
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Anyone who ordered the magazine heard about when they will get their knife?
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#2959582 - 09/27/12 12:53 PM Re: Havalon Knives [Re: DntBrnDPig]
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Got mine Tuesday
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#2959629 - 09/27/12 01:37 PM Re: Havalon Knives [Re: volsgo1]
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Got mine last week.
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#2959639 - 09/27/12 01:46 PM Re: Havalon Knives [Re: volsgo1]
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 Originally Posted By: volsgo1
Got mine Tuesday


What do you think?
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#2959751 - 09/27/12 03:16 PM Re: Havalon Knives [Re: Poser]
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Woot! Hopefully mine will come in soon.
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#2969808 - 10/05/12 11:32 AM Re: Havalon Knives [Re: DntBrnDPig]
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I got my knife finally. I got to say I am surprised at how light this knife is. Also the extra 12 blades is amazing considering I have read that people havent changed blades even after a years use.

I'm hoping to get to use it this weekend.
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#2970014 - 10/05/12 03:10 PM Re: Havalon Knives [Re: DntBrnDPig]
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So in essence it's just a folding scalpel blade and handle?
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#2970084 - 10/05/12 04:27 PM Re: Havalon Knives [Re: JandSCattleCo]
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Got mine in the mail yesterday. Very light. I'll report back when I actually use it on something.
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