Not looking for debate, just your preferances. More or less a poll.
What tan do you you prefer? (luftan, ez-100, protan, etc...)
When you purchase capes/hides, do you prefer them green, dry tanned, wet tanned, or other?
On whole small and medium sized animals, do you prefer dorsal, ventral, or case skinned?
What would be your first and second choice in fleshing knives?
Thanks for your responses.
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I tan with krowtann
I dont have a special knife.
dorsal for L/S
Curatan, Lutan F
Swiss Army Knife, Fillet Knife
Basyn- Tan D-L-E
Frozen Green (perferably whole)
No favorite- depends on position of mount
Case Muskrat Knife or a #10 scalpel blade
> What tan do you you prefer?
Depends on application and species. Such as, garments, chrome holds up best but has little post-drying stretch.
In general, something that will last.
For pelts to be done in-house, something inexpensive that gives good results. More dependent on type of oil then type of tan.
For pelts to be soaked down for sending out, something cheap and easy and washes out.
> When you purchase capes/hides, do you prefer them green, dry tanned, wet tanned, or other?
Depends on intended usage of skin or pelt. Home-tanned poorly/nature tanned "soaked down and put up" is my favorite as retanning is super easy.
Have purchased dry-tanned commercial skins in the past and am almost uniformly disappointed in them (90% alum & lutan market, is not nice).
> On whole small and medium sized animals, do you prefer dorsal, ventral, or case skinned?
Cased. Anything else is a damage unless it's a beaver, badger, or bear.
> What would be your first and second choice in fleshing knives?
First: a sharp one
Second: a reasonably sharp one
Skill is more important then brand.
1.Liqua-tan 2.Green 3.dorsal 4.Razor blades
1. EZ-Tan or Lutan-FN (sorry Bruce but EZ- Tan stinks when mixed w/ H2O)
2. green or salted (salted only by another taxidermist)
3. vent or dorsal (depends on pose of mount)
3. Necker or Quebec
Appreciate the responses. Obviously a lot of different individual responses!