Glad I was helpful, Dave, you sneaky boy! You posted the same question in Gameheads, I forgot where I answered (age is creeping in
), and smeared egg all over my face!
Naughty, naughty! Now I understand why double posting is frowned upon by the management of this establishment. LOL!
At any rate, yes I still use it, and yes I really do
like it, and yes, it takes some getting use to in the beginning, But seeing as you also learned to use a round knife (shaving/fleshing machine), you can understand this, so I foresee no problems for you learning to use, and using the Mini Flesher.
They come in both air power and electric - to hook up to a Foredom. I did not have a Foredom system - I'm a Dremel Motor Tool man, myself - I do have a large compressor, so I ordered the air powered unit.
Now ... there is an exhaust of air that is expelled from the hand-piece during use, so I always wear a leather ranch glove when I use it on the hand hand that's holding it. Just keeps my hand warm, especially in cooler temps! Also, the unit can be used in either hand, and I frequently switch hands depending on what side of a skin I'm working on. Again, this is one of those things you will figure out as you use it.
As with the round knife, keep a good tension on the skin as you work ... this keeps it from grabbing the skin the wrong way. Unlike using the round knife, you can wrap the skin around a shaving beam and use the Mini Flesher!
One example ... I have an old baseball bat that I adapted as a small, portable shaving beam for Taxidermy. I can literally wrap the skin around the bat - nice and taught - and flesh away.
The butt end of the handle was removed and that smaller end ground to a cone shape. This fits up into the skin of the ear butt area. Once in place, I pull the skin tight and flesh it nice and even using this tool!
The wider, round end of the bat fits into the muzzle of Deer and many Antelope, and I can then shave these areas thin ... most of the time with a curved paring knife, and then I can do a 'clean up' with the Mini Flesher.
Like I said ... I like it ... I took the time to teach myself to use it ... and it is a successful tool for me. Like so many things, you have to want
to do it, in order to do it right. And like me - being a user of a round knife - you may come to like it just as much!
Best of luck to you!