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What is your favorite knife for skinning smaller mammals - coyotes, bobcats, etc

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by RedWolf7, Feb 18, 2014.

  1. RedWolf7

    RedWolf7 New Member

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    What would you recommend as a good knife for skinning animals from fox size to coyote size? Around the face I'll continue using a scalpel, but a bigger knife would be more efficient for the opening incisions in the back of the thighs across the anus.
     
  2. RTF

    RTF Active Member

    Xacto knife. Not sure if I spelt it right, but that's what I like
     

  3. boarhunter67

    boarhunter67 Well-Known Member

    Same as Cliff.
     
  4. Dave Byrd

    Dave Byrd Active Member

    For skinning I use a scalpel with the #60 blade on everything large to small.
     
  5. Randy Miller

    Randy Miller Active Member

    Victorinox. I buy 2 or 3 a year. Don't know how you would do taxidermy without it. :)
     
  6. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

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    A sharp one. ;) All kidding aside I prefer a knife that I bought about 20 years ago. It was produced by Imperial, which subsequently was purchased by Shrade, who discontinued the line. Sucks. My two favorite knives were made by them, one a folding knife and one a fixed blade. They were not expensive to buy. The blades are stainless steel and hold a razor sharp edge well.
     
  7. Dave Byrd

    Dave Byrd Active Member

    Those are great knives Randy. I use the scalpel for skinning and the Victorinox for everything else.
     
  8. duxdown

    duxdown New Member

    X2 on above in the hook bill and a #22 scalpel
     
  9. Becky P

    Becky P One must believe the glass is half full.

    I use a #10 scalpel for almost everything.
     
  10. My favorite !!

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  11. RedWolf7

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    3 Bears, is the knife you are talking about the Shrade sharp finger?
     
  12. Been using VICTONOX for nearly 20+ years now....razor sharp out of the plastic.........love their serrated blade types also for skinning bears while in Alaska......I'll skin a whole bear with one......feet and all.. and it doesn't get too dull.............buy them by the dozen when I go to Alaska. WASCO use to sell them.....both Research and McKenzie sell them
     
  13. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

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    Redwolf7, Are you saying that maybe Shrade did continue making it under their name?
     
  14. RedWolf7

    RedWolf7 New Member

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    The sharp finger was made by Schrade but discontinued. I bought an older one from a man who no longer needed it. But I'm always interested to see if there's something even better!
     
  15. RedWolf7

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    olytax, thanks! I'll check them out! Is there any particular blade shape that you like (curved vs straight, for example)?
     
  16. Richbo

    Richbo 2nd place is the first loser!

    I use a #10 scalpel blade for most of it and sometimes switch to a #15 for the toes, feet, eyes, and lips if it is a smaller sized fox.
     
  17. I like the straight blade the most..........I go through about two of them a year.........and I use them on a daily basis...they sharpen easily and maintain an extremely good edge with a ceramic stick "steel". I have found that when I buy a new ceramic stick if I sand the surface with fine sandpaper when brand new it saves the time on break in of the ceramic surface. When I need to clean the ceramic stick surface I use Comet to clean the surface of the dark metal impregnated stick, it sure sharpens quicker and more easily after doing this cleansing. I drop the ceramic stick quite often, the reason why I buy a new one more often than new knives......so if you drill a hole in the end of the handle and attach a string to it.....long enough to prevent floor surface contact, this will save you some money and heartache.

    The serrated edge knife is a great one for kitchen use.....it will stay usuable for years without loosing most of its edge and is a great one time skinner for large game.
     
  18. Dexter Russel beaver knife along with a Russel pelting knife.