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#3178249 - 02/27/13 03:24 PM hunting knives
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I have been wanting to know what would be a good knife for small game and is a gut hook worth having thanks

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#3178292 - 02/27/13 04:16 PM Re: hunting knives [Re: jrbaker90]
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My personal favorite is my Buck 110.
Very reasonably priced and will skin and cut up anything from small game to deer from my experience.

Never really cared for or needed a gut hook myself.
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#3178429 - 02/27/13 06:12 PM Re: hunting knives [Re: RUGER]
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I really prefer a gut hook that is separate and not on the knife blade. For small game, I would suggest a Benchmade Mini-Griptilian or Spyderco Delica. These would also do the trick on deer as well.
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#3178453 - 02/27/13 06:28 PM Re: hunting knives [Re: TNRifleman]
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I have a buck 110 that was my great grandfather. I also have a buck paklite that I used and I have a set of knives that I got from north American hunting club that I use but I been thinking on another one. How is a folding knife for game cleaning and how hard is it to clean thanks
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#3178580 - 02/27/13 08:21 PM Re: hunting knives [Re: jrbaker90]
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Folding knives are great for just about anything up to deer provided you have a good sharp blade. Cleanup is easy. Blue Dawn and hot water.


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#3178620 - 02/27/13 09:05 PM Re: hunting knives [Re: RUGER]
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[quote=RUGER]My personal favorite is my Buck 110.
Very reasonably priced and will skin and cut up anything from small game to deer from my experience.

Never really cared for or needed a gut hook myself.

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#3178784 - 02/28/13 05:36 AM Re: hunting knives [Re: 280longshot]
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I prefer my Buck 110 knife, but any small sharp knife will work.
Unlike most here i actually like using a gut hook. Its quick...really quick to zip open a deer belly. I went without one for years until i watched several professional hunters use them to field dress deer in under 2 minutes. For me field dressing needs to be fast too, so i got a decent Gerber gut hook.
I could go back to not using the gut hook if i had to, but they make field dressing so much cleaner and faster than just using a knife.

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#3179621 - 02/28/13 07:02 PM Re: hunting knives [Re: jrbaker90]
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Havalon Piranta - Edge.... It'll work on anything from a squirrel to an elephant.

http://www.havalon.com/piranta-edge-skinning-knife-xt60edge.html

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#3180367 - 03/01/13 02:29 PM Re: hunting knives [Re: Buzzard Breath]
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Spyderco Delica for small game
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#3194080 - 03/15/13 11:14 PM Re: hunting knives [Re: The_Lawman]
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I've tried using a guthook on a knife, but it just always got in the way when cutting/gutting a deer. The zipper effect is cool, but it was clumsy for me to use otherwise.

I use a large Bucklite Max.

http://www.buckknives.com/index.cfm?event=product.detail&productID=3675

I like it. It has a rubber handle, it is a fixed blade knife and easy to clean. Might be a bit big for small game like squirrel, but it's fine for big game such as deer.
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#3194361 - 03/16/13 11:57 AM Re: hunting knives [Re: moondawg]
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I use the light hunter set by knives of alaska. Been really a good set that stays sharp.
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#3195117 - 03/17/13 10:57 AM Re: hunting knives [Re: buckbstr_1]
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I have always said "You need the right tool for the job", sure you can get by now and then, and I am sure if needed be most could gut a deer with a fillet knife, practical? no! But, can be done. You could fillet a fish with a cleaver if you had to also.

IMO if one is looking for a general/versatile knife to cover sm. game and the occasional gutting/skinning of a deer........it is hard to beat a folding pocket knife such as a CaseXX Trapper or Med. Stockman knife. My great uncle never carried anything more than that for over 70 yrs in the deer woods and he gutted tons of deer with it.

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#3195669 - 03/17/13 10:12 PM Re: hunting knives [Re: FULLDRAWXX75]
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I would have to agree with you FULLDRAWXX75!
I have seen my Grandpa do many things with his pocket knife.
I have seen him peel apples with the same knife he gutted and skinned deer with. I think that generation did whatever they had to with what they had available at the time.
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#3195708 - 03/17/13 11:23 PM Re: hunting knives [Re: 280longshot]
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This is going to be my next "hunting" knife...

http://www.assistedknife.com/index.cfm/fa/items.main/parentcat/32684/subcatid/80446/id/509521
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#3196343 - 03/18/13 03:52 PM Re: hunting knives [Re: Squiggs]
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 Originally Posted By: Squiggs


I would check to see if it is legal to own in your state............it is not an assisted open, it is a switchblade.

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#3196430 - 03/18/13 05:41 PM Re: hunting knives [Re: moondawg]
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I only use Olsen knives...they are out of business since 1985...made in Howard City, MI...best knife I ever used.
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#3196733 - 03/18/13 09:27 PM Re: hunting knives [Re: FULLDRAWXX75]
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Hopefully by July...

http://legiscan.com/TN/bill/SB1015/2013
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#3196782 - 03/19/13 12:03 AM Re: hunting knives [Re: Squiggs]
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I'll second the Havalon. For small game, espeically, you need a razor sharp, short and precise knife.
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#3198811 - 03/20/13 08:58 PM Re: hunting knives [Re: moondawg]
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Bucklite Mini Max is awesome. Any of Buck's recent stuff is great.

I've used a Buck 110 Titanium for years and man does that thing hold its edge.
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#3198854 - 03/20/13 09:44 PM Re: hunting knives [Re: Orion6]
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#3200756 - 03/22/13 03:12 PM Re: hunting knives [Re: TNRifleman]
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I've got a Havalon. I got it when Eastman magazine was giving it away with a subscription (which was cheaper than just buying the knife).

It's crazy sharp and I've used it for all sorts of things. It's not something you can use to break open the pelvic bone or anything like that, but it will cut just about anything you touch it too. SHARP. And when it dulls? Just pop in a new blade. Although I have yet to have to do that.
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#3205379 - 03/27/13 10:13 AM Re: hunting knives [Re: DntBrnDPig]
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I'm buying a Havalon before next season, myself.

I also got a pretty nifty knife called a "fisherman's friend" from my wife last year on Father's Day, so I'm set up pretty well for my spring/summer/fall fishing conquests.
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#3205974 - 03/27/13 09:32 PM Re: hunting knives [Re: Crosshairy]
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Swing blaze is freakin awesome and that sucker has the sharpest blade I've ever seen!! It really does unzip deer!

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#3220019 - 04/11/13 11:56 PM Re: hunting knives [Re: moondawg]
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#3295471 - 07/18/13 09:34 PM Re: hunting knives [Re: RUGER]
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 Originally Posted By: RUGER
My personal favorite is my Buck 110.
Very reasonably priced and will skin and cut up anything from small game to deer from my experience.

Never really cared for or needed a gut hook myself.


I agree with Ruger. I have a titanium 110. Will do it all and doesn't cost an arm and a leg.
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#3295627 - 07/19/13 06:01 AM Re: hunting knives [Re: Orion6]
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I use a 110 had the same one for 16 years still doin the job
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#3296507 - 07/19/13 11:23 PM Re: hunting knives [Re: r'ville a-bolt]
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I like my Sog Flash II for a folder.(field dressing) And for a fixed blade I use a Esee Izula II.(Skinning,Quartering)
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#3300833 - 07/24/13 01:48 PM Re: hunting knives [Re: 1shot1kill]
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You can't beat a Wyoming knife. Surgical steel blade that is replaceable. Small and easy to use in a deer's cavity when gutting.

http://www.wyomingknife.com/knives.htm
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#3329950 - 08/20/13 10:55 PM Re: hunting knives [Re: String Music]
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I love my buck I also love my benchmade. but I am about to buy a knife or Alaska I have abuddy that has one and they are unreal
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#3348175 - 09/05/13 12:31 PM Re: hunting knives [Re: moondawg]
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I have a schrade with a gut hook and it works fine on small game.
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#3386390 - 10/03/13 01:39 PM Re: hunting knives [Re: moondawg]
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I've used the same Buck 110 since i have been hunting. It has held up great and only had to be sharpened once. I do have my eyes on the Havalon Piranta. I have read a lot of good things about them and might try one here soon.
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#3386436 - 10/03/13 02:05 PM Re: hunting knives [Re: W.Seay]
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 Originally Posted By: W.Seay
Swing blaze is freakin awesome and that sucker has the sharpest blade I've ever seen!! It really does unzip deer!


I totally agree. I got one last Christmas and used it just the other day on my sons deer. Man that thing is sharp. Made me a Outdoor edge fan for sure

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#3388749 - 10/05/13 11:22 AM Re: hunting knives [Re: jrbaker90]
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I use a double bladed case, sells for about 75 bucks, one blade ideal for skinning, the other for the tough breast bone. I have a gerber given to me as a gift that has the gut hook, excellent.
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#3388896 - 10/05/13 02:39 PM Re: hunting knives [Re: Boone 58]
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Bark River makes some of the absolute best knives you can get at a very affordable price too. All of their knives are ground with a full convex edge and rarely require sharpening. Their lifetime warranty and customer service is second to none as well. It literally is no questions asked. I lost a knife in the woods a while back, sent them an e-mail, and they offered to build me a brand new one exactly like my original and ship it out to me for free.
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#3389490 - 10/05/13 10:41 PM Re: hunting knives [Re: 10mm4me]
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#3392494 - 10/07/13 10:09 PM Re: hunting knives [Re: moondawg]
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by far the best two knives ive used is the havalon and the swing blade... ill never buy anything different.
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#3392499 - 10/07/13 10:12 PM Re: hunting knives [Re: moondawg]
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The havalon and the swing blade is all that will get my money... they last forever.
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