Favorite Skinner Style?

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  1. Archangel

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    we always make a few hunting/skinner style knives at this time of the year. kind of a tradition at this point. what does everyone like in a skinning knife? we usually make them in the sharp finger style. a relatively short, upswept blade with a nice tip. i wanted to do something different this year and was just looking for some ideas.

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  2. Dave.1

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    I got this Russell when I was visiting in Canada in 1975.
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    Cost under $20 then. This one is stainless but they came in carbon steel then too.

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    I like a drop point 3.5 inches the width of a Buck 110 . I like bone handles with a finger guard .
     
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    I like the candian leaf style blades
     
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    I've usually favored a Spey point, or Spear tip type blade. They skin well and are sturdy blades too.

    Like to see some of your work Archangel!
     
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    Well it all depends on the size of the person, now don't it. For the big fatties I like a Buck Vanguard. It goes down in blade length from there.
     
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    thanks for all the replies. that is the second time today someone suggested the Grohmann or leaf blade design. that is very interesting. i have normally done things like this in the past years.

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    Beautiful knives! You make your own sheaths? I sure wish I had your talent, but then if I did, I just keep all of them and go broke.

    But I'd have some purty knives!
     
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    thanks, yeah, i make the sheaths as well. the mrs. does the stitching for me. she helps me keep the books and that type of thing as well. that way i can stay in the shop more.

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    Now I'm woke...

     
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    I don't have any fancy knives, but the one I like using best is a cheap Gerber field dressing kit from Walmart:

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    Except, best I recall, my knife doesn't have the end of the blade cut off, so the point continues on around - given the number of times I have cut myself on it, I understand why they changed the shape.

    Having my wrist straight and the knife sticking out between my fingers keeps my hand from getting tired so fast, when we skin 2 or 3 deer in a row.
     
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    I’m really liking the knife in that second picture. Very nice indeed.
     
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    Good information, 4Rules. Thank you.

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    thanks, chemboy. that is our Patterdale model. lots of good feedback, guys. thanks.

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    i decided to go with a drop point designs with plenty of belly. here is a quick pic of it all profiled and flattened. the other blank is a new small bowie file knife design. i used 1/8" thick W2 tool steel for this skinner. when the blade is ground, it should be a very thin slicer.

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    skinner is almost done now. still have some filework to do on the spine and do the final sharpening. used a very unique etched pattern on the blade and bird's eye maple for the handle. this should make a very nice skinner for someone this season.

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    Looks nice. Great work!