I just got a new necker knife, but haven't ever used any kind of fleshing knife before, just knives. Does anyone have any tips on using it. Thanks a lot.
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Will someone please tell me what the hell a "necker" knife is?
George, a necker is a brand of a curved blade two handled fleshing knife for use on a beam. It is very popular with trappers. It is a good quality knife and works well. It is a sharp knife so the action is more of a slice than a push.
We keep inventing words here, I wasn't sure. I see in a post above that a northern pike has "beans" on it. Damn, I guess I should enroll in one of these newfangled taxidermy schools they advertise.
Results 1 - 10 of about 37 from www.taxidermy.net for necker knife. (0.36 seconds). Page 291 in Van Dykes catalog.
He got you on that one George.
mfb, I apologize for asking a STUPID question. Thanx for the info.
Anything i can do to help out is my mission. (-:
they make a 500, 600 and new 700 series mainly for beaver. they are very good knives. probably the best now on the market.
the necker people recommend using it bevel down, but i've seen one guy flesh 120 coons a day, every day during december. often turning that bevel up. especially around the head and neck area.
a well scraped coon with this knife can be tanned with out shaving. ok. now im going to get jumped on for sure! but it's a fact.
They seem to keep an edge better than some of the other fleshing knives I have used. I also like to use a narrow beam (5 1/2") and hold the knife at about a 45deg angle (the left side about 6 inches in front of the right side). This forces you to CUT the meat and fat off, rather than push it off. Sharpen with a file, hone with a fine stone then with a butchers steel. Also works great for shaving the face area and the neck if you don't own a round knife! Joe