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#1 watchmaker

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Posted 26 July 2007 - 07:41 PM

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 ˝ 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.

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Posted 26 July 2007 - 07:55 PM

I personally carry 2-3 knives with me when hunting one is a wyoming knife that has interchangeable blades and change them every year they are about 15 for the knife at wally world its a Gerber and has a nice rubberized handle and sheath, the other one that I carry is a buck fixed blade with a gut hook 6 inch blade(have to replace that one this year unless someone has an idea how to reattach the handle bought it new last year and the rubberized/plastic handle slides right off) then I have another that I use when de-boning and butchering I would like to find a good knife so I only have to carry one instead of all 3 but havent come across any that Ive liked
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Posted 26 July 2007 - 08:19 PM

my knife is a made in Taiwon wal-mart knife that was really cheap but it seems to do the job well enough. I used it to field dress my doe from last fall and it was sharp and still is sharp.
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Posted 26 July 2007 - 08:25 PM

A good knife is the best of friends while a bad one is your worst nightmare. Any knife is pretty good if it is very sharp. For my field dressing chores I have a choice of a large Western knife that also has a saw. It is a folding knife. I also have a single blade folding knife that is made of very hard steel a real bugger to sharpen but when done properly cuts like a razor. My favorite knife is the knife that my dad always carried with him. I don't even know who made it but when I use it I always get the sensation my dad is there with me in spirit as he passed away a few years ago. For cutting a deer up I prefer a filet knife.

I have field dressed deer with a few different things. I once had to do the job with a broadhead and have used a little schrade pocket knife with about a 1 3/4 in blade.
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Posted 27 July 2007 - 07:36 AM

Welcome Watchmaker! Great story and some awesome knives. I would think we'd all agree that there is something special about a hunting knife. A friend just gave me one and it's jewel and I was hoping to use it soon on my next trip on an antelope. It's a jewel of a tool. :lol:
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Posted 10 August 2007 - 01:12 PM

Wyoming knifes are worth their weight in gold in the mountains

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Posted 12 August 2007 - 11:43 AM

I have a collection of knives of various manufacture and design. Some of them were outragious prices. The Rigids have a very hard steel composition, a premium price tag, and are a pain to sharpen. Once an edge has been achieved, it stays sharp forever. The Bucks have a decent quality steel on them too. I have Franklin Mint limited edition knives as well. Nice to look at,but too large for most purposes.The Western is a good quality blade that has seen a lot of service as well. My favorite is a Gerber gator that I redesigned the blade on. I know that I have too many of them, or so the wife tells me. I am not a big fan of the Schrade. I have had a few of them, and I found that the steel doesn't Rockwell test as hard as I think that it should. I have found that a blade of 3 to 4 inches will do most any job required. The longer ones are a pain to control, and can occasionally find a stray finger while doing their job. My etched ones are sweet to look at, but as a practical knife, they are too big for most purposes. I usually carry two knives with me along with a bone saw. If elk and moose are on the agenda, then a hatchet is included in the equation. My kitchen looks like a butcher shop too. I have 4 knife blocks full of Henckels. A person just can't have enough knives! :D

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Posted 15 August 2007 - 09:01 PM

Here is another of my blades, a Browning model 65 (one of one thousand)
I like those stag handles, and I have several knives with them.

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Here is a detail of the file work in the handle.

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Posted 16 August 2007 - 09:30 AM

Cool looking knives
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Posted 22 August 2007 - 05:57 AM

I have a gerber gator which i've used for the last 10 yrs now.. its never let me down, but i have seen the new gerber gator serrated one which looks like it might find its way into my hunting gear soon..

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Posted 12 October 2009 - 09:06 PM

I have a gerber gator which i've used for the last 10 yrs now.. its never let me down, but i have seen the new gerber gator serrated one which looks like it might find its way into my hunting gear soon..



Here is one I just finished for a friend. While a little large for my tastes, it is what he wanted. Damascus is 384 folds of 1084 and 15n20 in a Twist pattern. Handle is 100+year old Birdseye Maple Burl which I salvaged from the razing of an old Textile Mill here in South Carolina. Sheath is harness leather with Rattlesnake inlay.



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