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 Folding knife for hunting/field dressing 
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 12, 2008 9:34 pm 
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Looking to replace the old fixed blade with a folder.

Can you guys recommend a folder you've had good luck with? Good steel, somewhere in the 40-60 dollar range.

Mainly use it for field dressing, a little for skinning in a pinch. I suppose worst case for survival, but where I go its not as likely (famous last words).

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I carry one of each of these when hunting.
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http://www.cutco.com/products/product.j ... Group=1891

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http://www.cutco.com/products/product.j ... Group=1769

All Cutco cutlery has a lifetime warranty and they'll sharpen 'em for you if they ever get dull.

I also have these scissors........they'll cut a penny in half with no problem and still be as sharp as they were. :shock:
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 12, 2008 11:18 pm 
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I carry a folder daily and a fixed for hunting. Got tired of trying to get all blood and flesh out of the nooks and cranny's of a folder when used for gutting, a fixed blade is much easier to clean up.

I know, not what you asked, but I thought I would throw it out there to think about.

Also the shears that Hunter07 shows come apart for cleaning, another plus.


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I also use a fixed blade, a very small but very good Bark River mini canadian.....It's A2 tool steel, once sharp it will field dress about 5 deer before it needs any work, but I will often just strop it between just for the fun of it...

http://www.bladematrix.tv/index.asp? PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=24667

I use a Gerber safety saw to split the pelvis and the ribs, which saves the blade.



If you want a traditional looking pocket knife that works, this is the best currently made in my opinion, WITHOUT going to the extreme prices of the hand builts (now some will say 60 bucks for a pocket knife is nuts, but this is a work of art, and its VERY non threatening if you work in a NPE. its just grampa's pocket knife. with a D2 tool steel blade)

http://www.knivesshipfree.com/Queen-Cut ... _info.html

another from the same

http://www.knivesshipfree.com/Queen-Cut ... _info.html

Derrick who owns this company is a great guy to deal with....

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cobb wrote:
Got tired of trying to get all blood and flesh out of the nooks and cranny's of a folder when used for gutting

Never thought of it that way. :? Have to keep that in mind the next time I have to dress out an animal.

Thanks for the tip.


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+1 Hunter07 I am a Cutco cult member too. I used this one this year. Skinned and butchered with the same knife. (I carry the folder every day)

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At the NW Sportshow last year they had a buy 2 get 1 free deal.

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DeanC wrote:
+1 Hunter07 I am a Cutco cult member too. I used this one this year. Skinned and butchered with the same knife. (I carry the folder every day


What price range are these Cutco knives?


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Lenny7 wrote:
What price range are these Cutco knives?

I have last years Cutco catalog around here somewhere, but having recently moved, I have absolutely no idea where it is right now. :?

The Cutco stuff I have were gifts, but I did look up the prices in the catalog. :twisted:

Don't remember how much the knives cost, but the shears cost right around $70. :shock:

You could take 2 minutes and make a free phone call. :wink:
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The new model hunting knife (like mine) lists for $75. It is on sale for $60 right now.

The kind in Hunter07's post lists for $141 on sale for $110. I have a couple of this kind too. I got them on eBay for about half the sale price.

The lockback lists for $69, on sale for $56

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I prefer a fixed blade for field dressing too. If you must carry a folder, make sure it has a good lock. When you are reaching into the chest cavity to cut the esophagus, you will be operating by feel and everything will be slippery. A really bad time for a folder to come unlocked! Losing a finger will take the fun out of hunting quick.


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Cutco knives are made from 440A steel. 440C is a better choice, but the best steel is S30V for blade retention. Cabelas had Buck Knives make a custom knife for them. The cutting blade is a drop point S30V with black nitride coating so it cleans easily and doesn't stain. The other blade is a bone saw with gut hook. This folder is designed to have everything you need to field dress right there in the two blades. Its called the Alpha PBS (Portable Butcher Shop). While Buck makes this S30V knife for Cabelas, the version Buck sells with their own name isn't S30V.

<img src="http://images.cabelas.com/is/image/cabelas/s7_516489_imageset_02?$main-Medium$">

http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/product/standard-item.jsp?id=0027310516489a&navCount=2&podId=0027310516489&parentId=cat20891&masterpathid=&navAction=jump&cmCat=MainCatcat20712-cat20891&catalogCode=XJ&rid=&parentType=index&indexId=cat20891&hasJS=true


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Cold Steel uses VG-1:

http://www.coldsteel.com/faqs.html#VG1%20stainless

They claim it's stronger than 440c...


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Buck 110 it will last a lifetime. It is something you can give your grandkid's kid. They are also made in USA. Dicks had them on sale for $29 with with a $10 Buck rebate but I am sure that deal is long gone. I think you can find them $30-50


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colt45long wrote:
Buck 110 it will last a lifetime. It is something you can give your grandkid's kid. They are also made in USA. Dicks had them on sale for $29 with with a $10 Buck rebate but I am sure that deal is long gone. I think you can find them $30-50

As an added bonus - You WILL learn how to sharpen a knife with a 110! Otherwise by the end of the 2nd deer, you will be sawing with the 110.

One gets use to the strategy, gut a deer, sharpen, gut a deer, sharpen, rinse wash and repeat... :P

110's are a good all around hunting knife that works on deer, geese, turkeys, and many other game - a quality blade its not, a decent blade - ok.

Cabelas does sell a 110 hunter setup with S30v steel that will hold an edge MUCH longer. But look very closely at the Alpha model, it will clean up much easier due to its more open design, but the blade is a bit broader, which is not an issue on deer, but is kinda wide for geese and smaller game. The Alpha is also available in S30v.

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