Trout and Bird Knife?

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  1. Dylan Mitchell

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    Can anyone recommend me a Trout and Bird Knife? Was looking at Grohmann and CRKT. I have $70 atm i was looking for something around there.

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    Dylan
     
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    Try a Hess made one. Hess brothers knives I have the one with stack leather handle. I love it.Sorry no pics of it
     
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    I purchased a Hess Bird and Trout this past winter when I was passing by DLT. I’ve used it on some rabbits, brook trout, and as of last week I finally managed to use it on birds. It’s a nice knife and am very happy with it.

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    I also have a Hess and a Kabar. Both work well. The Hess has much better finish but is more expensive. The Kabar has a bit longer handle. Kabar photo not mine; Hess photo mine.

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    Thanks everyone!
     
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    I was considering recommending one of these but I see they are now made in China. 1539389525883150270553.jpg
    The hess is prettier anyway. A case m3 finn is similar to that and about 50 on amazon.
     
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    for production knives, the Grohmann is definitely a nice little trout and bird knife

    if $ isn't an object this little gem from Charles May would sure be a dandy :)

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    I've used a Buck 102, Woodsman, to clean more birds than any other knife. The Grohmann do nicely as well.
     
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    These two knives both are around just under $40 a piece, and make great bird and trout knives IMO.
     
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    I was also going to recommend the grohman I have the stainless bird and trout and it works fantastic. Its really light and slim, I carry it around my neck when hunting small game. All of the Conservation Officers ive worked with use and highly recommend grohman knives and they process a lot of game.
     
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    The ring is actually from the parent peice of steel it was forged from, which was a number #1 trap spring. The maker left it intact but for my sized hands it can act as a retention feature because I can lock my pinky through it. Then I don't have to worry about dropping into the rapids of a trout stream, or onto some stream side rocks if I'm using it near such places. Some old Marbles bird and trout knives along with some modern repos have rings on their back for this purpose as well.

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    I use an Alpha Wolf with "Suregrip" handle by Knives Of Alaska. I coveted this knife for a couple of years before buying it. It's marketed as a skinner but I agree with reviewers, it's a little small for big game. But it's great in a trout and bird / fish and fowl role. Available in D2 and S30V.

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    I have two knives that I use as bird and trout knives: the Cold Steel Mini Pendleton and the Kabar Snake Charmer. Both do the job just fine and are pretty easy on the wallet.

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    A vintage Al Mar Roadrunner in 154cm with the tapered tang. Which, alas, you’ll never be able to find. :(

    I realize this is an obnoxious thing to say. It’s just that every time I see a post like this I am reminded what an idiot I am for passing on that knife when I had the chance.
     
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    The first is the "Minker" by White Feather Forge.
    The second one is the smallest model made by Wood Jewel out of Finland.
     
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    Well that makes sense, and I’ve seen that before from knives made from traps. The elevator doesn’t go all the way to the top today I guess. Thanks!
     
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    There's another string on here about "Trout and Birds". Be well worth finding. What struck me how how amazingly much difference there was in knives called Trout and Bird. It was capital-a amazing.

    I think I'd grab either a Bark River PSK, or a really inexpensive for the quality A G Russell Woodswalker, both of which I happen to have.
     
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    For those recommending the Grohmann Trout and Bird, saber or flat ground?
     
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    I carry the D.H.Russel ( Grohmann) carbon flat grind bird and trout as my woods bumming/small and big game hunting/fishing knife and love it. Havnen't found anything that i need doing that it cant do. Then I don't use it for a pry bar, shovel or axe. I can't recommend these any higher, the best of the bunch. JMO. Right now Grohmann has this knife as a kit flat or saber grind ( stainless only) $73.50. On clearance they have the " small camper" stainless flat grind for $49. I am in no way connected to Grohmann or D.H. Russel.
     
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    If you just want function over classic beauty I'd say one of the two smaller Mora Fishing Comfort fillet knives. 4" or 6" I think.
     
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    I have to second the Grohmann flat ground bird and trout, It's got it all, beautifully made quality knife and the clearance knife at $ 49 is well within your budget. Plenty of other choices if the Grohmann doesn't turn you on. The Schrade Sharp Finger is another great knife. These are available in both the Old Timer and Uncle Henry Brands. Small fillet knives have their fans, and classic Western, Case and Kabars are everything you could want. Here's some pics of mine.
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    There's a ton of reasonably priced quality knives on ebay that fit the bill.
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    those little Opinels look like they would definitely do the trick; I think Victorinox's little parers would as well
     
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    I've only used the saber ground and have no complaints, its got a pretty thin stock so it slices well for camp kitchen tasks. I imagine that the FFG would be a insane slicer, either would be a good choice really.
     
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    All suggestions above are good ones.
    Hess first came to my mind. I don't own one. Their stacked leather is just over your price point. Kabar made, or makes, a small fixed.
    An older USA Sharpfinger could serve well for deer cleaning and skinning also.
    My R Murphy would be up to the small game task as well.
     
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    Buck 102 is hard to beat for birds and small game. It also works well for gutting and gilling trout. If I'm filleting, I prefer the small Rapala fillet knife. Those stacked leather handle knives are real lookers, might have to sneak one into the man cave.
     
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    I really like those little Opinels @Chevrolet4x4s showed us! Hadn’t seen them before.

    Hmmm... $18 new on Opinel-USA.com.
     
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    The Buck 102 is hard to beat for lots of stuff. It’s a great little all-arounder.
     
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    Made my own, saw mill band saw blade, cherry scales and copper pins and lanyard tube. Has found its home on the shoulder strap of my sling pack in the kydex sheath. Material wise it was all scrounged or left over from other projects. If I had to put a price to it I have about $20 into it, and about $40 worth of time. Reciprocating saw blades make great little blades too.
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    I have a Western 648B that I rather like. I've used it for a few home butchery projects and it's great. It's a dandy little knife and very capable. The problem is they seem to be one of the more scarce vintage Westerns. It took me quite a while to snag one off of eBay and it was more expensive than many larger and/or older Westerns that I have purchased. Because it would be hard to replace, I'm hesitant to take it into the woods for fear of losing the little guy. I'm looking forward to picking up a Buck 102 to use as my little woods knife this hunting season. I'm looking at the brass and wood handled version though which is actually more than what I paid for the 648B but at least it's easily replaced should I loose it. I'm really looking forward to seeing how the 102 and the 648B compare.
     
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    Much less expensive than I expected. Much.

    Have Russell knives been outsourced to China? They used be quite high-end.

    If the quality of this knife is anything like the Russell knives of yore, this is the best recommendation for the OP of anything I’ve seen.
     
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    I bought an R. Murphy Canadian Belt Knife (the call it a skinner) earlier this year and it's a great knife!
     
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    those things (and Vic's other kitchen knives) are total darkhorses. Just great stuff.
     
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    @vdeal ... do you have one of those? I remember seeing and coveting this knife decades ago. Can’t believe the current price. I’m getting one but if you have it and have thoughts to share, then please share them.
     
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    @BradGad, yes I have one of the Woodswalkers. Mine is stamped "Japan". I had honestly forgot I had it until this thread popped up. I'm not sure I've ever used it but it lays nice in the hand.
     
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    I've been using the Schrade Sharpfinger as my Trout & Bird knife for years.
     
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    I have used all different types my favorite so far is an lt wright coyote. 20180723_144723.jpg
    Though I got an lt wright small northern hunter ( similar to the grohman, but smaller. I found the grohmahn to be a bit large) a month or so back that I have left to try. I am curious how the wider blade will work. Obviously not my picture. lt-wright-knives-small-northern-hunter-1__87212.1525364823.jpg
     
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    Grohman! Thank you!

    That’s the Nessmuk-style knife I had and lost in the Great Knife Extinction of 19XX. Been trying to think of that name for two weeks.
     
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    No problem, great knives for the money, not a comfortable handle for long term whittling. But extremely versatile for cleaning game and food prep.
     
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    Which goes back to I thing I posted here recently but phrased poorly and got few responses to.

    What is the use case, the philosophy of use (POU), for these knives? What are they really good at other than skinning big game (which I don’t do) and getting the last bit of peanut butter out of the jar (which is too heavy to carry)?
     
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    I agree, I don't find them to be a good general purpose knife, more a dedicated food knife or butchering knife. But if that makes up the majority of your knife tasks in the woods? By all means carry it. I personally prefer to carry a knife or knives specifically tailored to the task I trying to complete. Though sometimes I envy those that complete all tasks with a single knife or set of tools.
    Back to the grohmans, I got the lt wright small northern hunter as it was smaller than the grohman to complete the tasks you stated only on smaller game as well because of the size difference. It does seem more comfortable in the hand, and fills the hand better than the grohman.
     
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    Found this on the trade blanket.
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    91276203-76F2-4EF2-B67C-3F078B00BA07.jpeg Wood Jewel Puukko from Ragweed Forge. $35.00. I have one and it is a beautiful thing.
     
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