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Fleshing Knife

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by True Texan, Jul 16, 2013.

  1. True Texan

    True Texan Member

    Just bought a double handle fleshing knife. This thing is super dull or I dont understand the proper techniques on how to use this tool. How do you sharpen a knife like this?
  2. wvboy4444

    wvboy4444 Member

    I am not sure if this is good info,im sure some experienced guys can answer alot better than me,but i dont think they are supposed to be razor sharp,i read an article that said beginners should start with a duller fleshing knife :D

  3. Jason R

    Jason R Ph# 325-282-2527

    A duel knife is asking for trouble, they tare instead of cut, I would much rather have a new scalpel blade than one I have used on 20 deer. I wish I could help on the sharping side, but I have one as well with no edge to it.
  4. I have a duel-handled blade as well and they are supposed to be dull. A shapened blade will cause you to accidently slice your cape when you are fleshing. Most of the time, you will find people telling you to keep it dull by grinding it.
  5. Also, a good video to watch would be on YouTube. Search "Beginners Taxidermy - Fleshing Part 5 " and scroll to the 5:50 mark.
  6. True Texan

    True Texan Member

    That is a great video. My fleshing isnt going anything like that at all. Thanks for the comments.
  7. you push the meat off. Its hard to explain, Once you get it started,its closer to scraping the meat than slicing. Like said you can really cut a lot of whole with "too sharp "of fleshing Knife if your not use to the correct angle of attack.
  8. ElkinsTaxidermy

    ElkinsTaxidermy www.ronelkinstaxidermy.com

    After you do a couple of hundred, you'll prefer a sharp blade.
  9. I want my fleshing knife razor sharp!!!
  10. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    I keep mine razor sharp with a steel. I don't have a problem with slicing the hide. I do a kind of push/slice movement and the meat, fat, and membrane come right off.
  11. ANDY

    ANDY Well-Known Member

    I also want mine razor sharp also. It's just like anything else, the more you do the easier it is. Take your knife to a shop that sharpens mower blade's , they should be able to put a sharp edge on it.
  12. tem

    tem Well-Known Member

  13. HAPP

    HAPP Active Member

    Razor sharp here also!
  14. buckmasters243

    buckmasters243 Active Member

    Getting to big stuff with a curved bladed fleshing knife one handle.And I like to get the rest with scissors and scalpel.
  15. When my flesher gets dull I just go to Tractor Supply and buy another Turbo tip for my pressure washer.