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    Like the title states, I've had Boker/Buck/Spyderco/Benchmade-just seems like I keep buying a new knife every two to three years. Looking for suggestions on a skinning knife and gutting knife. Budget would be $500 total.

    Thanks

  • #2
    Check out Gene Ingram. Makes nice knives that would fit your needs. With your budget you could probably get a set of two. I own one and his workmanship is top notch.
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    • #3
      Ruana 6 BD. Good old forged carbon steel, nothing fancy just a good working knife.

      http://www.ruanaknives.com


      "The Weak borrow tools. The Helpless borrow weapons".
      "When you don't know what to do, do the work that's in front of you." Calvin Coolidge.

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      • #4
        Thank ya. I'll look into both of these.

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        • #5
          Though I carry a Puma sheaf knife in my ruck, (why I don't know) my go to knife is the Puma Prince folding knife. I really like the German steel in these knifes. Last fall I dressed 5 antelope without having to touch up the blade.

          I fell in love with Puma's 50 years ago when I was handed one with my M60 in Vietnam to cut the gun out of wait-a-minute bushes. I passed it on to the next guy when I gave up the gun. Wished I kept it but I have 4 Puma's now. Maybe only 3, wife stole one for her kitchen. But the Prince sees the most use.

          They're pretty good for checking your Blood Thinner Meds, I'll give them that.
          Kraig Stuart
          Distinguished Rifle Badge #1071
          USAMU Sniper School, Oct '78

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          • #6
            Not for nothing but if you have not already you might want to read about blade shapes, grinds, and steel types. From there you need to ask yourself what you want it to actually do for you.

            Most 'tactical' knifes that folks are walking around with either in their pocket, or in their bag are not what you are requesting.

            I'd start with this simple primer: http://www.knifeart.com/bladgeomfaqb.html

            Steel Types: http://www.bladehq.com/cat--Steel-Types--332


            Good luck
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            • #7
              Those articles were very helpful Mike_Honcho. I tend to get lost in the weeds sometimes but those are clear and concise as to what I should be looking for.

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              • #8
                Nowhere near $500 but the Esee 3 has become my go to skinning knife. I own a few Esee knives for different purposes and really like their ergonomics and quality. And they don't break the bank.

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                • #9
                  Tagging this article. Love the information about geometry and knife steel.
                  "Health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die."

                  "Illegitimi Non Carborundum"

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                  • #10
                    You didn't say what you hunt or where.
                    Think it is best to carry 2-3 cheap but good knives and then 1 really good knife.
                    The best combo to date for elk, deer, javelina, and bear if hunting rugged terrian with total deboning:
                    JAMESON 32-24J CABLE SPLICING KNIFE / SKINNING KNIFE x1 with a Speedy Sharp works wonders tearing apart joints and gutting (my father is a high voltage troubleman and has done complete elk with only one of these knives and the sharpener)
                    Buck 135 x2 these work great caping
                    Then I also carry one higher end knife for only cutting meat.

                    I sharpen all my blades to shaving sharp with a spyderco.

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                    • #11
                      I have a bunch of different custom knives, but wanted a set of 'backcountry' knives for those hunts where ounces count. A friend of mine built this lightweight set for me out of ATS-34:
                      Trapper2 set.JPG
                      He built this wood handled one, too
                      IMG_1926.JPG

                      There are lots of great custom knife makers out there. Find one, and give 'em a shot!
                      Gene Ingram, Charlie May, Randall, Ruana, etc...
                      Or guys like my buddy...who are off the radar and build knives in their spare time for the joy of it...

                      Have fun with your search!

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                      • #12
                        I love boker but I also love benchmade.

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                        • #13
                          Holy crap you don't need to spend $500, that is unless you really just want to because you can! I use a case trapper and every year or two I buy a new short fish filet knife. They are around $10-15 and simply work great for skinning. Trapper for the heavier work.
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                          • #14
                            Knockemdown, those look like Ryan Arrington knives.
                            If so, he makes some great knives. I have several of his.
                            I tend to carry an Gene Ingram knife because it has the neck lanyard and it is small and amazingly sharp.
                            I also carry an outdoor edge combo knife with me too. The OE has a gutting blade which is an amazing tool for gutting an animal or camping out an animal. The cutting edge blade is a replacement system. But the blades are big enough that you can actually resharpen them if so desired.
                            Another fine blade that I have used is a Silver Stag. Have completely done more than one Mule deer without having to touch up the blade.

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                            • #15
                              There was a while I was really into blades. $500 for a blade is a truly huge budget. At that point your talking custom or very hi end semi custom typically with exotic material. Now I can always support someone going that direction but that's not the norm for a field knife/hunter.
                              The bushcraft blades with scandingrinds are not necessarily ideal for skinning. Like everything yes it will work but if you going specific that wouldn't be it. I would suggest a blade with a convex grind. It allows the blade to basically ride the bone without digging in.
                              I love bark river knives. Their catalogue could fill a phone book. But they definitely fit the semi custom spot.

                              Another would be Fällkniven. Great bang for the buck very utilitarian great steel good ergos. Check out the Fällkniven F1 or TK3 or the Idun.

                              ESEE knives are without question one of the best bangs for buck USA made no questions asked warranty and Jeff Randal (owner) awesome guy. The ESEE 3 would be a great choice its thinner than the others at 1/8" vs 3/16". It's made from the best carbon steel around (rowen heat treat). Also look at their camp more series again scandi grind not ideal but if you know how to sharpen putting more of a scandivex grind on it would be good


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                              • #16
                                I have Benchmades of all manners, Helle, Hazens and a coupe others like Case/CRKT/SOG, etc and to be blatantly honest, for field dressing and skinning I use a cheap ass Outdoor Edge reversible more than anything else. It's ugly as fuck but it holds an edge as good as any $200-$250 knife I own, doesn't get slippery when there is blood on it, the gut blade works exceptional and gives leverage through the ribs with 0% chance of popping the pooch and if I lose it I won't feel like I took a kick to the sack. I like it so much I'm buying my brother one for his first hunt.
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                                • #17
                                  Mora Companion. As good as anything I've ever used. And for $12 you can buy a dozen for less than you budget.
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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by HTX_17 View Post
                                    Like the title states, I've had Boker/Buck/Spyderco/Benchmade-just seems like I keep buying a new knife every two to three years. Looking for suggestions on a skinning knife and gutting knife. Budget would be $500 total.

                                    Thanks
                                    If I may ask, why are you buying new blades every few years? Are you wearing them out? Not holding an edge long enough?

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by gonzaga View Post
                                      Knockemdown, those look like Ryan Arrington knives.
                                      If so, he makes some great knives. I have several of his.
                                      Good eye!
                                      That pair together, with kydex sheaths, is only like 9 oz, if I remember right? Ryan does great work!

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                                      • #20
                                        I've had good luck so far with Survive GSO series. The 3.5 fits my hands, is very comfortable to use/control and easy to clean with the removable handles.

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                                        • #21
                                          with Benchmac you can never go wrong. i use the Infidel Model.

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                                          • #22
                                            Originally posted by K-tech View Post

                                            If I may ask, why are you buying new blades every few years? Are you wearing them out? Not holding an edge long enough?
                                            Sure, blade usually doesn't hold an edge. Or, in the past I probably haven't purchased the right blade for the right job. With my friends, we always talk about guns or bows but never knives, so I wanted to capitalize on the Hide's collective knowledge to help me make better purchasing decisions.

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                                            • #23
                                              Make sure you are checking your back bevel and r establishing it as needed. Helps the edge stay more effective.

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                                              • #24
                                                Originally posted by HTX_17 View Post

                                                Sure, blade usually doesn't hold an edge. Or, in the past I probably haven't purchased the right blade for the right job. With my friends, we always talk about guns or bows but never knives, so I wanted to capitalize on the Hide's collective knowledge to help me make better purchasing decisions.
                                                I hear you man! Most of my buddies shoot one deer every few seasons and don't process it themselves so their 20 dollar blade does what they need end of story, no need to discuss it any further. I was having a hard time getting through the fall/winter hunting seasons with a blade so the approach I decided to take is having multiple knives, each with a specific purpose. I have a silver stag for my primary knife I carry out in the field, I have a Cub Bear by Knives of Alaska that I like for cleaning birds, a boning knife and a skinning knife also from KOA. I've been very pleased so far with all of the blades except the skinner(I'm still on the fence about that blade). The only downside to this is I have more blades to sharpen, but for me it works because I can get them to last til summer when I'm not out in the field as much and I have time to sharpen them then. Some folks I'm sure would disagree with me but so far it's been working for me.

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                                                • #25
                                                  ESEE 3, handles everything I throw at it

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