Just thought I'd share this with the new commers to taxidermy who might not be able to afford an expensive knife/machine. Since getting a casual job as well as my taxidermy work I have taught my husband to do the pre tan stuff like skinning, turning, fleshing, pickling and shaving. Anyhow - I have a water buffalo in the pickle and he's been shaving it for me and when I got home the other night i found him shaving the hide, (i wont let him use the fleshing machine for the buff), with what is marketed as a Herb slicer/knife. It has a handle on each side, has a thin blade and has a bowed edge, opposite to a standard fleshing/shaving knife , looks quite flimsy and cost him about $7us. I just laughed when I saw it and after some recovery time I had a go myself. The thing is......it cuts through the thick hide like a hot knife through butter. If anyone wants picture I will take one.