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Havel Scalpel Blades

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by GWebb, Feb 18, 2012.

  1. GWebb

    GWebb Active Member

    I have used Havel Carbon Blades that I usually order from McKenzies, they seemed to stay pretty sharp, might do through 2-3 when skinning/turning/fleshing a cape. I opened up a new box of 100 that I ordered from someone else and I can't get one eye and fleshed without needing a new blade. Has anyone else ever had issue with them retaining an edge?
     
  2. miker

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    The last box I got from havels website don't seem to hold an edge. I ordered 5 boxes I hope they are not all junk like this one.
     

  3. Ron B

    Ron B Life Sucks.....Then comes the death roll!!!!

    I have used other brands and they were not as good as Havel. However I have had issues with sharpness and longevity with some Havel blades with in the same box. Some will stay sharp much longer than others. I also resharpen my blades three or four times before they go dead. The ones that go dull real fast I cannot resharpen for some reason.
     
  4. Cecil

    Cecil Well-Known Member

    You guys did notice on the box where they are outsourced right? Nuff said.
     
  5. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    Same here Ron, but all things considered they still beat hell out of whatever's in second place.

    Good one Cecil. I simply call Havel's toll free and order direct. And you DO get a discount if you buy them in volume.
     
  6. I can usually get through about six deer before I need to replace a blade (Havel). I have never bothered to sharpen them and just replace them when they get dull. I only use a scalpel for around the edge of the eyes, tear ducts, splitting lips, and for shaving the nostrils. I use a Chicago Cutlery paring knife and scissors for the rest of my ear and facial work. I probably have a five year supply of blades.
     
  7. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    I usually use 4 on every deer. When the blade touches I expect it to cut immediately with little of no drag. I charge enough so that $1 for blades doesn't matter.
     
  8. marshy creek

    marshy creek New Member

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    you got it George!......4 #60's and 2 #24's for me per Whitetail......cheap investment for a pre tan job....I don't want to hack away with a dull blade and spend hours of sewing to repair the miss cuts.....wisdom comes with age old man!
     
  9. If you guys are going though that many blades, then you must be using scalpels for all your knife work then.
     
  10. Mr.T

    Mr.T New Member

    I use one stainless steel blade per deer, two or three if the deer was skinned and drug through the garden and driveway.
     
  11. Hedhuntr

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  12. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    I sharpen my hunting knife to field dress deer. I sharpen my shop knife to cut capes off of hides. I use scalpel blades to do taxidermy. I don't count them out when I use them. They get replaced when the don't cut immediately when the touch the skin.