Chapter 02: Hunting and Skinning Knife, Types and Uses

01: Hunting 101 – Hunting Knife vs. Survival Knife vs. Camping Knife
02: Hunting and Skinning Knife, Types and Uses
03: The Fixed Blade vs. Folding Blade Debate
04: Types of Hunting Knife Blades
05: Carbon Steel Knives vs. Stainless Steel Knives
06: What Makes The Best Knife Grip?
07: Best Knife Sheath

Chapter 02: Hunting and Skinning Knife, Types and Uses

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A hunting knife’s most popular use is as a skinning knife.

Generally, a good skinner has a curved blade to facilitate a smooth motion needed to efficiently separate the hide from the meat. There are 3 main types of knives used specifically for hunting:

Our Drop Point Knives1. Drop-point blade knife: Drop point blades have a spine that slowly slopes down to the tip of the blade. This design makes it very easy to control the knife and gives the hunter a lot of slicing surface to work with. The shape of the blade also helps in minimizing accidentally puncturing the organs thus preserving the quality of the meat. The downside of drop point blades is that they are not very useful for piercing and their point is not as sharp as, say, clip point knives.

bowie-knife2. Bowie blades knife: Bowie blades or clip point blades have spines that are generally straight then stop at about middle of the blade then curves all the way to the tip. This creates a very sharp tip and a belly that has a large slicing surface that is perfect for skinning. The point is very good for piercing but is narrow and can be weak. This is one disadvantage of a clip point blade.

gut hook3. Gut hook or Zipper knife: Gut hooks have an unusual look for the uninitiated. It almost looks like a drop point but with a sharp hook cut at the spine. This is used by hunters to open the abdomen of the game without slicing in to the muscle or any organ. This makes it perfect for field dressing game and the usually large belly surface for slicing or skinning while making sure that the point is not going to be in the way. The downside of gut hooks is that the “hook” cannot be sharpened easily which can be an issue in the long run.

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Choosing the correct hunting knife

Hunting knives come in a variety of shapes and sizes and the first step of finding the perfect one for you is knowing your target game. A small skinning knife might be a problem if used for larger game like elk but on the other hand, a large skinning knife will ruin smaller games like rabbit. The Fallkniven H1 and its 2 inch blade is ideal for medium sized games like pigs and kangaroos the 3G powdered steel blade making light work of skinning and dressing.

For larger game, one might opt for the Spyderco Bill Moran drop-point skinning knife with its slightly longer VG-10 steel blade of 3.5 inches. Another note worthy blade for bigger games is the Mora Companion fixed blade outdoor knife with a 4 inches long high carbon steel blade high. If you want a are looking for a big boy skinning knife, the Schrade SCHF9 is definitely worth a look with its hulk of a blade that is 6.4 inches long, 0.2 inches thick but still sharp enough and designed properly that skinning large game like bear will not be a problem.

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For the more delicate task of skinning smaller games or filleting and gutting a fish, larger blades simply will not work. Something like a Clam filet knife would do an outdoors fisherman a great deal by providing great strength as well as edge retention. For smaller games, the Outdoor Edge Game is a fixed blade skinning knife that is shaped properly for optimal grip along with a curved blade belly and a gut hook too. All of these attributes are essential for skinning smaller games thanks to the precision they offer the hunter.

 

Read on to the next chapter: The Fixed Blade vs. Folding Blade Debate

01: Hunting 101 – Hunting Knife vs. Survival Knife vs. Camping Knife
02: Hunting and Skinning Knife, Types and Uses
03: The Fixed Blade vs. Folding Blade Debate
04: Types of Hunting Knife Blades
05: Types and Quality of Blade Steel
06: What Makes The Best Knife Grip?
07: Best Knife Sheath

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