Anyone use a large hunting knife? 6”+

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  1. Poeschel

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    Just curious. I’ve often been in the 3-4 “ camp but am curious if anyone likes a longer blade for field dressing or skinning. I sometimes use a longer fillet knife for silver skin on white tails but that’s about it.
     
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    I normally use the lengths you have stated, but I have used blades up to 6" (Buck 119) and consider that size to be the max for my personal use in gutting an animal. I start to lose some finesse with a blade past 5".

    Blade and handle style makes a difference too. I find that this Grohmann #4 with a 5 1/2" blade seemed easier to dress deer with than the slightly longer clip pointed 6" Buck 119. How ever the 119's handle feels better in the upsidedown/edge up hold, and the Ghroman feels somewhat awkward in the same hold.

    I think a 5" blade with a relatively neutral handle with a drop point would make the best all around hunting and camp knife in size and capability IMO. For strictly Big game field dressing tasks I'll take a 4" blade with a comfortable handle any day.

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    Biggest I’ve used is a Condor Primitive Bush Knife. I default to a puukko with 3-4” blade, or my Izula. Occasionally I just use a pocket knife but those are a pain to clean (unless the pocket knife is a Svord Mini Peasant.)
     
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    I started out like a lot of people did when younger with a big bowie style knife. Luckily in those days there was a lot more deer hunting than deer killing. I too have moved to medium to small blades. I am very mercurial when it comes to knives so I usually use the flavor of the week. I introduced my family to Moras though and there is always a large pile of assorted Moras on the cooling board. BTW, love the pic of the bloody knife, tells me that knife comes from a loving home.
     
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    PBK doing work on a couple rabbits. Major overkill since you really don’t even need a knife for rabbits lol.
     
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    i like my modified bk15 (removed trailing point) for butchering, but for field dressing deer, a smaller knife is plenty. even smaller, pointy knife for squirrels ...
     
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    For poops and tickles, I once tried cleaning a white tail with my Condor Hudson Bay. I love that knife, but it's no skinner. It got the job done but at the end of the day, there are times when skinning with a large knife can be pretty dangerous imo.
     
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    Yes, but not much beats a good set of blades designed specifically for meat processing.
    Having professionally cut meat for over 2o years, both in retail and in slaughter house environments, I prefer a larger blade for skinning/dressing an animal. And my general go to is a 7-8" Butcher knife. I prefer R.H. Forschner blades, but Hookeye, F. Dick and Dexter-Russell all make very good quality processing blades.
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    After skinning/dressing is done, and depending on the cut I am after, I alternate between a 5-6" boning knife and a 10" Scimitar knife.
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    For cutting through bone a common hacksaw works fine in most cases. But nothing beats a good bone saw for thicker bone, such as the spine, skull, and large joints. When I do hunt (which isn't often) I take a knife roll with several blades like these with me. They usually stay in the truck, but are there if I need them. ;)
     
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    I carry my BCNW fixed blade and an old school Leatherman on me nearly always everyday. Those will be with me as a constant.

    If I am actually in the mountains and I'm after deer or elk I'll augment my load with my Wyoming knife skinner and Buck 6.5" fillet/bone style blade.

    I can unzip an elk with haste using an Wyoming blade and then go to town with a boning knife. They don't weigh much but the boning knife truly makes thing efficient.

    My EDC blades and tools are merely backup or for other tasks when up against critter like moose and elk.
     
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    Couple of interesting patterns, though only one is over 4". Around $20 - $25.

    Friedrich Dick 5" lamb skinner. I believe Frost's and Forschner have the same. Got a couple on Amazon for $20.70 delivered.

    4" fish processing/bait knife. The Mora and the F.Dick are virtually identical. Mora has a wider edge bevel. Spine on the F. Dick is better finished. The Mora is RC 58 whereas the F. Dick is supposedly RC 56.

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    I have looked at that knife several times. I currently have the Canadian Belt Knife and the Bird and Trout. Forgot the numbers.
     
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    I'm not too stubborn, '
    I like to try different knives as I work .
    I don't think pocket knives are appropriate for dressing game, seeing they are more time consuming to clean afterword .
    A person can dress game out with a broken piece of glass for that matter, like most things you use what you've got and make it work .and if you've got the luxury of something better for a particular job, it becomes a favorite for a while.
    Hunting or camping i cary several knives because I want to.
    Hunting I cary more then one gun and several kinds of ammo.
    It's the woods and any thing can happen or pop up.
    I don't have the fantasy that only what I dream of doing is all that will occur.
     
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    image.jpeg I've dressed deer with a broadhead before. Not ideal, but doable. I dress them now with whatever folders in my pocket. If gutless cleaning cleaning hogs to pack them out...this $6 Walmart fillet knife with a 4 inch blade takes them apart like a zipper, and it's done a lot of them. Nothing fancy but proven over and over.
     
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    I like a 3"-4" blade with a drop point. I bought a used Buck 119 this summer that has yet to taste blood. I hope to give it a try, but am not a fan of clip points.
     
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    I love my Condor Hudson Bay and use it for lots of tasks, but I've never thought to skin with it. Sometimes I fall into knife overkill just for the fun. But you're right on the mark for skinning and similar tasks...sometimes "more is less" and "less is more"!
     
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    SHARP POINTS are for digging splinters or other foreign objects from one's person

    LONG HEAVY BLADES are for whacking wood

    LONG SLIMMER BLADES are for slicing and preparing cooled meat for cooking

    LONGER REALLY THIN BLADES are for filleting(usually swimmers)

    SAWS & LOPPING SHEARS are for bone cutting

    BLOUNT SHORTER BLADES(fixed or folders) are for carry into the field for field dressing (if you do that) and work quite well for skinning and initial separation of quarters fleshing out necks and rib cages as well as disjointing extremities for easier transport

    SHARP is always handy when using cutting tools
     
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    "And my general go to is a 7-8" Butcher knife. I prefer R.H. Forschner blades"

    And again we come back to Victorinox making a decent blade.

    I have a Mac butcher, but if it ever get's done, I'll just get one of the vics.
     
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    I prefer a 5.5 to a 6" blade for large game. I've used smaller blades, and own several, but the longer blades work better for me.
     
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    This one is a 6" blade.
     
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    This one is an 8" I recently received. Hopefully I'll get to use it this hunting season.
     
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    The 8" bowie besides my 6" hunter.
     
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    That appears to be a dandy skinner.
     
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    Yes Sir it is. That's my Lile #19 I've used on many deer and wild hogs. It's harder to sharpen than my Randalls with 0-1 steel but stays sharp a long time. That Lile was made in 1984.
     
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    can you post or send me a couple pictures pf this knives sheeth
     
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    I like to have a large knife handy , you never know what's ahead .
     
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    +1 Western Bowie
     
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    I like a 7-8" blade for big game. It makes it easier and faster for me. It does everything except caping. I usually only cape out a furbearer since I don't really hunt horns if I do kill horns I just do the skull up. If I'm skinning furbearer, turkey, small game, I use a 3-4" blade. I used to use a 3-4" on big game too but once I tried a 8" I never went back. It works better for me.
     
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    What blade do you use? I kinda like a long blade for sweeping motions while skinning.
     
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    I have used a variety of blades. Condor moonstalker for awhile. Then I used a Bark River Teddy 2 for awhile. Now I use a Bowie that I made myself. Before that I used Buck knives, Schrade, and Case pocketknives. But they all had shorter blades. I guess a big knife isn't for everyone but if somebody has never butchered a big game animal with one they really should give it a try. There's a reason all the hunters of the past like the longhunter and mountain men liked big knives. They make life in the wilds easier.
     
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    This is the blade I use now. 4" handle and 8" blade.
    The one pic has it's little brother I just made to handle the light work. It is a 4" handle 3.75" blade.
     
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    First deer I cleaned myself I used a Becker BK7, now I prefer a 3.5"-4.5" knife.
     
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    I use a 3 or 4 inch skinner and a 4 inch sized field knife, saw for heavy stuff.
     
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    I'm also in the 3"-4" range for field dressing and skinning. The longest blade I have ever used is a Buck 105 with a 5" blade, and it worked well. My go to blades are two Buck Crosslock I carry in my pack, they have a 3" blade and are very light. Two in case one gets tainted or dull.
     
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    I carry this combo in my hunting pack....a bit heavy. The small one does most of the work, the big one for spitting through the rib cage, the pelvis, working around feet and knee joints.....

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