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Title: KNIVES FOR HUNTING
Post by: black bear 84 on July 21, 2007, 06:32:46 PM
KNIVES FOR HUNTING

Many of us hunters of long have a love affair with the tool of a successful hunt; the knife.
In our minds, we have this idea of the perfect knife that will fit our hand like a glove; that will perform surgery like a scalpel; that will not need to be sharpened ever, and will remove a cape as well as field dress and skin anything from a deer to a moose.

In our search for the perfect blade, we accumulate many of them that are probably as good as the best knife ever made, but in our search for Nirvana we keep adding new blades and hoping to do enough hunting to test all of them on game.

On the other hand, some hunters are not interested at all in the tool. My friend Frank that has probably field dressed at least fifty deer with the same Buck hunter knife in the last 20 years removes it from the pack once every year in hunting season to field dress a deer or two, and the blade goes back into the same pack to wait for next year’s job.
Perhaps his father being a butcher has something to do with it.  He was taught how to field dress a deer early in life, and to him it is just a necessary job that has to be performed.  To others like me it is a culmination of all our efforts and should be done as elegantly and as clean and bloodless as possible and with the most effective of tools.

I have found in my long search for the perfect blade that many of today’s knives in the market qualify as superb blades for the job.  A good knife blade of 3 ½ to 4 inches will be plenty for most chores.  Preferences in my case are for the drop-point blades, but I have had good service from clip points or other shapes.

Some of us like a fancy wood or antler handle or perhaps some engraving on the blade. Those I label dress knives and are a great way to stir a conversation between fellow hunters. I am one with that type of taste and will always appear at camp with a fancy blade. The truth is that I perform all of my field dressings with a plain one that I keep hidden in my pack.

Here is one of my fancy blades, the Browning model 122 one of one thousand, and the one that does the actual field dressing, a Buck 192 Vanguard.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v111/blackbear11784/browningandbuck.jpg)

Best wishes

Black Bear

Title: Re: KNIVES FOR HUNTING
Post by: Techno on July 23, 2007, 11:57:05 PM
Your in indian country

http://www.gutpilestyle.com/ForumSMF/index.php?topic=3738.0

 ;D ;D ;D :wink: O0
Title: Re: KNIVES FOR HUNTING
Post by: Big58cal on July 24, 2007, 10:57:29 AM
Black Bear, the knives are pretty, but I prefer mine to look like this.....

(http://www.gutpilestyle.com/images/deer/image015.jpg)

(http://www.gutpilestyle.com/images/deer/image017.jpg)

 :twisted: O0
Title: Re: KNIVES FOR HUNTING
Post by: Techno on July 24, 2007, 08:07:27 PM
Hey is that the liver I ate?
Title: Re: KNIVES FOR HUNTING
Post by: Morax on July 24, 2007, 09:21:26 PM
prefer to look like what bloody and not in your hand?   naw i i know what you mean, i love the clip point, not too large but big enough to get in trouble with, all around knife. I carry a crosslock by buck with me whereever, hunting i also carry a old timer (no not J.A.) the sharpfinger, and sometimes a buck special, if i know i may get into something...
Title: Re: KNIVES FOR HUNTING
Post by: Big58cal on July 25, 2007, 10:50:57 AM
Hey is that the liver I ate?

Probably. O0
Title: Re: KNIVES FOR HUNTING
Post by: John Andrews on August 05, 2007, 09:33:43 AM
Those are nice knives, black bear. O0 Thanks for the posting and pics, fellas!  :)  :)
Title: Re: KNIVES FOR HUNTING
Post by: HiVoltg30 on September 14, 2007, 10:04:35 PM
I have a group of guys that I hunt with religiously every year. I took notice on last years hunt that I was the only one who still carries a fixed blade knife on my hip.
One of the other guys brought it to my attention, remarking how I was “old school” carrying that, (that being a German made Othello Anton Wingen bone handled drop point that I was given by my father when I was only 10 years old after finishing my hunter’s safety class).
Still carrying it almost 30 years later I love it, it feels like an extension of my hand, but it is showing the years of age, and I may need to retire it soon.

My friends all now carry and use folding blade knives, Gerber, Kershaw etc.
Have you ever seen someone try to gut and skin an Elk with an assisted opening folding 3” blade Gerber?
Last year I watched and asked one of my buddies doing it, “Here, do you want to use a grownups knife?” as I handed him mine. He just gave a disgusted look and continued on with his.

Finding that “nirvana” knife is a bit of a challenge… especially one that is not made in China or Japan… or God forbid, India.

I did buy a Kershaw Echo; felt like a nice knife, good grip, nice blade, (although it wasn’t made with anyway to keep it securely sheathed while it’s on your hip, which Ken Onion deserves a kick in the twins for) and it turns out the damn thing was made in Japan! And Kershaw is an Oregon based company!

Getting that next knife, is like buying a big game rifle, I want it to serve its function as the perfect tool and also outlive me.
Title: Re: KNIVES FOR HUNTING
Post by: Techno on September 14, 2007, 10:23:52 PM
Then you need to send John Andrews a PM.If that ain`t american made QUALITY...then nothing else coudl come close.I think buying a real american,hand made knife from a hunter who put his love of hunting into making the knife knowing it will be called upon for serious duty in rigerous conditions that would melt most knives before they make it out of the packageing!! is one H___ of an investment  O0 O0 O0
Title: Re: KNIVES FOR HUNTING
Post by: Big58cal on September 17, 2007, 09:20:32 PM
HiVoltg, like Tech said, get John to make you a knife.  If you can dream it up, he can make it. O0  I've got 3 of his knives right now, with him currently making my 4th.

The one pictured above that's all bloody did a heck of a job.  It skinned and deboned 2 turkeys, skinned a hand-full of squirrels, and field dressed and skinned 2 deer before it needed sharpening.  It fits in my hand good (I've got big hands and like a little bigger handle than most "production" knives offer) and is well balanced.

Granted, you'll pay a bit more for a custom knife, but in the long run it's worth it.  You get "what" you want, the "way" you want it. O0  Also, with John being an "Injun" living in Iowa ( :wink: ), it truely is American made by a true American. O0
Title: Re: KNIVES FOR HUNTING
Post by: John Andrews on September 19, 2007, 10:27:39 AM
Thanks for the great feedback, fellas! Now I have a swelled head! I'm finishing one for a fine gentleman in Canada (bare_trax) we see here on GP, as well as a couple more for a certain gentleman in Kentucky known here as BC.  :) I run a couple of years behind schedule on orders, most of them without a deadline. I like to see my knives used, like BC uses them.  O0  :)
Title: Re: KNIVES FOR HUNTING
Post by: John Andrews on October 07, 2013, 08:36:53 AM
I'm still at it, just slowing down!  :)
Title: Re: KNIVES FOR HUNTING
Post by: Juandogg on November 09, 2013, 08:38:02 AM
If ya went any slower on them Onestone ya would be goin backwards
Title: Re: KNIVES FOR HUNTING
Post by: John Andrews on November 09, 2013, 08:43:15 AM
If ya went any slower on them Onestone ya would be goin backwards
  ;D ;D ;D