Submitted by Jeff Godbey on 3/8/05 at 5:01 AM. ( jgodbey55@hotmail.com )

I do not own a fleshing machine so I would like to know the best way to do this by hand.

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Patience and Work

This response submitted by BOb on 3/8/05 at 8:27 AM. ( )

Iuse a fleashing beam and my necker knive and a pair of sharp sissor's. Ihave a old ironing board that was laiding around the house that gives me agood work area,also it ajust to the height so you can sit or stand I have very limited work space so as crazy as this sounds it works for me. When you get done you fold it up and put it away.

I own a fleshing machine

This response submitted by MIke on 3/8/05 at 12:14 PM. ( )

But I use it to shave hides out of the pickle, I don't use it to flesh with. I flesh with a draw knife and PVC beam for deer and bear, or a wood beam and dull edge for small mammals. See the search on the left for more info.


This response submitted by JEM on 3/8/05 at 1:16 PM. ( )

Makes ya wonder why they are not called shaving machines vs. fleshing machines huh? Why are snowmobiles not called pavementmobiles?

I flesh...

This response submitted by Jim B on 3/8/05 at 1:56 PM. ( )

exactly the same as Mike.I just don't know a more efficient way.

Actually JEM

This response submitted by George on 3/8/05 at 6:41 PM. ( georoof@aol.com )

Fleshing machines ARE different from "shaving machines". I have a professional model made for fur dressing, but I set the clearances much more differently when I'm fleshing than when I'm shaving. Especially on wild boars and the big game/thick hides. The space between the round knife and the guard is always wider during fleshing than when I'm shaving a fox, a mink, or a muskrat. The blade is also honed to a much finer pitch. So in reality, you can flesh with a shaving machine and you can TRY to shave with a fleshing machine. Sometimes the latter works out OK, but othertimes not. I'd never try to shave a muskrat on a fleshing machine.

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