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Question by Austin Kite. Uploaded on December 16, 2012
A sharp one. I cannot recommend one knife over another because depending on what you are trying to skin, you will want to use different types of knives, but whatever knife you use, it should be sharp.
Fillet knife. Best knife for any game care. We have 3, a heavy duty one for skinning and quartering, and 2 regular for butchering. For squirrel and rabbit, I would probably just use the regular knife.
...regular fillet knife.
Chewy, there's a big difference between boning and fillet knife though they somewhat resemble each other. A thin fillet knife would probably work best. However, my limited experience skinning small fur bearing animals is that it's mostly pulling the skin loose with fingers rather than cutting it away from the carcass.
OH- When I skin squirrels, I make 2 cuts, and pull the rest. I thought that was what every body did. I don't know if the knives I use are fillet or boning knives, but my dad (who has a ton of fishing experience) always called them fillet knives, so that is what I called them.
For squirrels and rabblts, I have always used a pocket knife with a two inch clip point blade. A small filet knife would work OK, but it's more blade than I need.
A good Sharp Case XXX knife works best on small game!
I filet knife would be too much blade for skinning. Skinning small game, like OH and chewy said, is more about pulling the hide off. Pop always used an Ol Timer. But then again, He uses an Old Timer for everything! Treestand has a great suggestion in the Case XXX
I'm with Treestand. I carry a CaseXX folding hunter for everything from squirrel to deer. You can't go wrong with it.
Another option is the muskrat or 'trappers' knife, a double bladed pocket knife.
Whatever knife you choose, be sure that it will hold a sharp edge. Even if most of the skin is 'peeled' off, there is always X-amount of cutting to do.
Matthew, a fillet knife is almost too much blade for the job but it's hard to find another style with a tip that is fine and pointed enough. A pocket knife with a good quality blade would probably do the trick. Didn't occur to me because I have never carried pocket knives, or wallets for that matter. Can't stand stuff in my pockets. But that's just me.
The Havalon Piranta knife is a good choice for small game, if you shop around and find one online at a reasonable price. Also Buck makes a small game fixed blade knife, I have not used it but it is a good looking knife. Good luck and merry Christmas.
I would say a filet knife is to big.
I would reccomend a pocket knife.
Best= Case XXX
2nd Best= Buc(make sure its one of the ones made in USA if it's not it crap.) try thy 110.
3rd Best= Old Timer pocket Knife
4th Best= Shrade skinning knife(this is the company that makes old timer)
Merry CHRISTmas, Happy Hunting and God Bless
A sharp Case XX or Buck Stockman will skin anything from squirrels, rabbits and bullfrogs to whitetail deer to a Brangus bull to a cow elk. Don't know about an elephant, have no first hand experience. BTW, where are y'all coming up with this Case XXX? Both of the ones in my pocket right now only have two Xs?
I had another thought. Use catfish skinning pliers to get a grip on the hide. This is especially useful when getting it started. It makes it go a lot faster.
I like the J. Martinni knife on my profile, with a scandi grind, handy compact size, forged 1095, and low cost it is a go to tool for many task. It is known as a Finnish work, or bait knife depending on who sells it, but it is similar to a high carbon mora without the finger guard which limits cutting angles. I clean gun, skin, and quarter deer with it and it really holds an edge well. Real world price 11 bucks. Cheers.
I have an old Remington I use from my Grandpa that is better than most stuff you can get on the market today. Remington does not in my opinion make good quality knives anymore, sad... I would say Opinel knives are some of the best small game knives, or if you are looking for a fixed blade knife I would go with Mora knives. Both options are light weight and have the same steel and hold a razor sharp edge for a long time, also very budget wise.
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