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gunner4391
July 31, 2009, 03:22 PM
I'm going on my first hunt and I plan on taking a good sized deer or a nice boar :D but I don't have a good knife for field dressing, all I have are my tactical knives. So I was wondering what type of knife I should get, and please try to keep it under $50.

hogdogs
July 31, 2009, 03:33 PM
my 2 favorites are the Buck 110 or the Buck 119... Both under $50 and both at walmart...
I use the 110 as a pocket knife and never needed more than the 3.75 inch blade to stick a hog. My next knife will be the 119.
Brent

Adventurer 2
July 31, 2009, 04:10 PM
http://www.epinions.com/review/Vanguard_Rubber_Knife_from_Buck_Knives/content_407014575748

I'm not saying it is the best hunting knife ever made, but it is the best hunting knife I have ever owned.

bswiv
July 31, 2009, 05:05 PM
Not many things in life that I know a whole lot about but as I spend, and have for the last 30 years, part of every day with a knife in my hand I will offer this.

First off you don't need near as big a knife as you think you do. A 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 inch blade is more than sufficent for most any deer/hog. I like a drop point as it's easier to miss guts as you field dress with one.

It's also nice to have a handle that is slip resistant, especially when wet.

If you go for a folder, and I'll say that I like them for carrying in the woods, be certian to get one with a RELIABLE lock. Remember that in the field all you are doing is getting the guts out and that does not take a big knife.

Back at the cleaning station you should have not only the knife but a saw and a sharpening steel, or stone, to finish the job.

Good steel is a must. I have a couple of Bucks, one is 40 years old and on it's second blade ( And that second blade they put on for FREE after I wore the first one down so far that it would not stay closed without a rubberband on it.) and a Gerber. The Gerber is a newer model with a half serrated edge. I did not think I would like it but have warmed to it. You still have to sharpen the serated part ( Yes it can be done easily. ) after splitting a pelvis or a brisket but it does job in the field so long as the deer or hog is not to big. Makes field dressing a little faster.

Buy a name brand with a good warrenty and learn to keep it sharp.

One final thought, if you have big hands be sure to get a knife that has a handle big enough for them. I don't but have seen my brother in law toss my knives aside in aggrivation because they were to small for his big mits. Be sure it feels secure in your hand.

rantingredneck
July 31, 2009, 05:20 PM
I'd like to echo bswiv's advice.

Small, sharp knife works very well. Most of my field dressing is done with a folder. I have quite a few and can't seem to remember one that didn't do it's job if I did mine in keeping its edge maintained.

I have also used the Buck that Adventurer 2 posted a link to and it is very good. Another good fixed blade knife is the old Schrade 152 "Sharpfinger". Sadly they are no longer made or if they are they are made elsewhere and not of the same quality.

Also as a side note, I do not split the pelvis on my deer. I started a thread on this some time back and will see if I can dig it up from the grave. I basically cut the reproductive and digestive systems out as a whole unit. Everything from the windpipe/esophagus down to the backend comes out together. No bones split at all.

I don't hunt hogs (though I'd like to) so I don't know if that would work there. I also don't hunt gigantic gators like bswiv and wouldn't know where to start on one o' those critters. :)

hogdogs
July 31, 2009, 05:24 PM
bswiv brings a point up I will address with the 119... I am going to have a machine shop put it in the milling machine and put a sure grip texture in the grip as it is slick and sticking a hog is a bloody mess demanding a heck of a safe grip.
Ivory was originally a knife and saber handle cuz it didn't get slick when bloody.
Brent

DiscoRacing
July 31, 2009, 05:28 PM
just make sure it says "Buck" on it..... 119,172...both excellent knives... have used them myself for years.

rantingredneck
July 31, 2009, 05:38 PM
Here's that thread on splitting the pelvis or not:

http://www.thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=256630

fisherman66
July 31, 2009, 05:50 PM
First off you don't need near as big a knife as you think you do. A 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 inch blade is more than sufficent for most any deer/hog. I like a drop point as it's easier to miss guts as you field dress with one.

It's also nice to have a handle that is slip resistant, especially when wet.

If you go for a folder, and I'll say that I like them for carrying in the woods, be certian to get one with a RELIABLE lock. Remember that in the field all you are doing is getting the guts out and that does not take a big knife.

Back at the cleaning station you should have not only the knife but a saw and a sharpening steel, or stone, to finish the job.

Good steel is a must. I have a couple of Bucks, one is 40 years old and on it's second blade ( And that second blade they put on for FREE after I wore the first one down so far that it would not stay closed without a rubberband on it.) and a Gerber. The Gerber is a newer model with a half serrated edge. I did not think I would like it but have warmed to it. You still have to sharpen the serated part ( Yes it can be done easily. ) after splitting a pelvis or a brisket but it does job in the field so long as the deer or hog is not to big. Makes field dressing a little faster.

Buy a name brand with a good warrenty and learn to keep it sharp.

Excellent advice. I have had good luck with Gerber and Kershaw, but as long as it's good steel the manufacture doesn't matter much. A feral pig will dull a knife post haste. Have a sharpener with you. I keep a diamond impregnated single crock stick. I'm not a fan of serrated blades, but that's just my preference to have a nice long flat keen surface for clean cuts when working the backstrap and fillets out.

Stiofan
July 31, 2009, 05:56 PM
My 110 is 33 years old now and still going strong. I liked it so much I later went out and bought a 119 for a fixed blade. It's got to be over 25 years old.

I can't begin to think of all the countless critters cleaned and skinned with these two, mostly the 110 though. I'm pretty sure they both will outlive me. I try and take care of them, and they are both tight as when I bought them.

The photo will show the size difference.

http://i295.photobucket.com/albums/mm138/StiofanGA/P1000102.jpg

longranger
July 31, 2009, 06:46 PM
I have Buck,Schrade and Case in about every configuration available and what bswiv said is spot on.I believe one of the best deals on a knife is the Schrade Sharp Finger 3 1/2" fixed blade great handle and one of the easiest knives to sharpen.Available most any place knives are sold for less $20.00.I carry a small steel to touch up the edge when something bigger than a deer is expected.No knife is any good if it ain't sharp,so knowing how to sharpen is more important than what knife you bring.

cornbush
August 1, 2009, 08:44 AM
I agree on the schrade sharp finger, the bear paw folder is also a great knife. The carbon steel takes an edge much faster and easier than stainless. I also have two bucks, I use them at home for skinning in the garage, takes too long to sharpen them in the field.

cornbush
August 1, 2009, 08:46 AM
Many times I will carry nothing but my Wyoming knife.

GreyOne
August 1, 2009, 09:22 AM
+! on the Buck 110. Mine is from 1965, has been rehandled with stag, and is still going strong. It is a Folding Hunter from before the model numbers were used <g>.

http://i361.photobucket.com/albums/oo58/GreyOne1/07%2009/P1000725.jpg

http://i361.photobucket.com/albums/oo58/GreyOne1/07%2009/P1000726.jpg

Hawg
August 1, 2009, 11:09 AM
I'll go along with what most of the others say about blade size. You don't need much. Too much blade is a hindrance. I don't like Stainless Steel blades. I prefer a good carbon steel blade with a gut hook. Nothing unzips a deer out of his hide like a gut hook. I mostly use an old U.S.A. made Schrade Old Timer 1580T. The only bad thing about it is the bone scales get slick when bloody.
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y269/rebel727/my%20junk/IMG_0040.jpg

W. C. Quantrill
August 1, 2009, 12:08 PM
Well, here goes, I am certainly no fan of Buck knives. I find their heat treating to make the blades too brittle. I have used some Case knives with good luck and I carry one in my pocket, and have for about 30 years.

The best bang for the buck right now are the CKRT knives. Their steel is top quality, and they are heat treated properly. They keep an edge well, and they will resharpen with the proper stones.

The thing that I advise is that you take 2 knives. One a pocket folder and the other a belt knife. 3.5 inches is plenty of blade for either of them. I like to use one knife to open the hide and remove scent glands from deer and hogs--in that order--and then put it away and use the other knife for the remaining field dressing. A dirty knife will carry nasty taste from the scent glands to your meat. Also, I find a clip point knife to be a detriment in field dressing any animal and much prefer a drop point blade. Clip points will snag guts and leave you with a nasty mess, where a drop point will much less likely snag guts when you open the body cavity.

My much preferred favorite belt knife is the CRKT Kilsbuck. It is a small knife, very attactively priced, holds an edge a long time, gets the job done, and importantly the sheath rides high on my belt and does not flop or snag on brush. I carry a CRKT Carson M21-14 as my locking folder. Any folder that does not securely lock open is a hazard in a field dressing operation.

I have 4 knives on the bench right now in various stages of completion, and they are all drop points. The clip points are a carryover of the bowie blade days. If the clip is sharpened, then they have value as a fighting knife, but not as a field dressing knife. I have only fieldressed about 125 animals, so thats my limited experience.

Buzzcook
August 1, 2009, 01:14 PM
Support the economy of Oregon and get a Gerber.
http://www.gerberstore.com/

I've used a Gerber Gator for many years.

22-rimfire
August 1, 2009, 02:17 PM
In the price range you speak, I would suggest a Case Trapper folder or Buck 110. I have also used a Gerber Gator with a plain edge. It does not take a big knife. It takes a knife you can make sharp and can handle safely both inside and outside the carcus.

W. C. Quantrill
August 1, 2009, 05:08 PM
Since Gerber got bought out by the scissors company, their quality has gone straight down the toilet. Colombia River is a good Oregon Company and light years ahead of Gerber in quality for really affordable prices. It isnt the brand, it is the quality of steel and the design of the blade. Sweeping upturned points on blades just cause headaches in field dressing.

Daryl
August 1, 2009, 06:18 PM
Over the many years I've hunted, I think I've probably tried most of the more popular knife designs.

Buck 110's and 119's, Case, Uncle Henry, Old Timer, Gerber (older Gator model), Marbles, some off-brands, and even a custom or two. I've even tried several Multi-tool type knives, and field dressed an antelope once with a Leatherman Wave tool.

Lots of pocket knives too. In addition to the above brands, Smith & Wesson, Kershaw, and some other odd-ball knives come to mind.

They'll all do the task; some better than others. I've finally settled on a few that I REALLY prefer over the others. A older Marble's Fieldcraft comes to mind, made of the older carbon steel. A custom knife with a slightly thinner blade works wonders as well. I have a Knives Of Alaska "Cub Bear" that's great for caping and tight work, and I almost always have a Buck 119 when I'm out hunting, even though it really comes up a bit short of the others.

And each person's preferences will differ from other folk's preferences. Find a knife that looks and feels good to you, and give it a try. Chances are it won't be long before you find another that you like better, and that'll happen again, and again.

You'll end up with a pile of knives, and if you're like me, only a few that you really use. The ones you don't use will be there for when you lose a better one, and it's all good.

:)

Daryl

dmazur
August 1, 2009, 07:26 PM
This one is a little over your budget, but it's a great knife.

http://www.knifeworks.com/browseproducts/Benchmade-Activator-Plus--D2-Steel--Winewood-Handle--Plain-Edge.HTML

Benchmade is probably better known for their folding knives. This one is a fixed blade, and about the lowest cost knife I've found made with D2 steel.

While the scales aren't textured, the shape is "ergonomic" in that it has provisions to prevent thumb and forefinger slipping in use. In my experience, these are the things that tend to slip off a knife while you're field dressing...

Mannlicher
August 1, 2009, 07:51 PM
almost any knife will work to field dress a pig or deer. A Swedish Mora for about $12 is as good as you will find.

I like a better knife, but then I tend to keep them forever. I have been using an old Randall #11 for better than 25 years now. Still as sharp as a razor.

sc928porsche
August 2, 2009, 12:14 AM
Ive been using my Buck General since 1959. My father gave it to me so he could get a new one. It has served me well through all the years and keeps its edge well. I found that using a steel or hones is usually not necessary. After gutting and taking game to camp, wipe blade, strop a few times and dress and skin. When finished, clean knife thoroughly, dry immediatly, strop with leather belt, oil lightly and put it away. It has also doubled a couple of times as a razor when I forgot to bring one.

If you buy a Buck and take care of it, it will outlast you. The General hasnt been made for decades, but the 119 is very similar. It can be used around camp, hunting, and fishing. I hope this helps you to make a decision.

zahnzieh
August 2, 2009, 09:52 PM
If you go Buck or any other like Schrade,Gerber etc... watch out for the type of steel used in the blade. Also watch for place of manufacture - I bought a Buck folder for hunting, a high -tech skeletonized grip - turns out it was made in China ( I paid about $65 for it). Turns out when gutting a deer the lockback mechanism does not stay locked due to blood etc. getting in, almost cut my hand on it. Also cheap steel used on blade, does not sharpen well - WHAT A P.O.S!!!!!!:mad::mad::mad:

Stiofan
August 2, 2009, 11:07 PM
Yea, that's one reason they are moving a lot of their manufacturing back to Idaho. Their headquarters is about 3 miles from my house.

http://commerce.idaho.gov/news/2009/02/buck-knives-shifts-production-from-asia-to-post-falls.aspx

davlandrum
August 10, 2009, 02:50 PM
I have a bunch (as most hunter's do). The only thing I don't like about folders is trying to get the goo out of it after I am done. I have the same one as Hawg Haggen and have been happy with it.

I am not sure what they run now, but I highly reccomend the Lansky sharpening system. I have had mine for 20 years (just surprised me when I thought about that!). It deployed with me to wonderful places in the Army and goes to every hunting camp. Everyone who has used it is amazed how easy it is. Comes in a nice little plastic carry box that keeps it all together. Back then, I think I spent $20 for it.

shortwave
August 10, 2009, 06:03 PM
I`m a fan of older Bucks(pre 1975) but not later bucks. Seems as though the quality of the steel went downhill. My favorite is an old late 60`s, 110 model I`ve carried for years. Drawback is the handle gets slippery when wet but wearing surgical glove helps. Second fav. would be the Gerber Gator. Descent steel with an excellent rubber handle. If you want to go real cheap, get you a linolium knife. Some years ago, friends of mine worked at a place called 'Columbus Coated Fabrics'. They used to bring them to me to sharpen(pain in the butt),make different handles and sheaths. The knives would hold an edge forever. Still have a few I use every year. Also, I`ll second the Lansky sharpening system. At around $25 they`re hard to beat.

taylorce1
August 10, 2009, 08:26 PM
I usually carry a couple of knives the first is a Buck Lite folder that I've had for several years. Good reliable knife that sharpens fairly easily, and isn't overly large. The other knife I carry is a Helle Odel cost me $80 but it is by far the best fixed bladed knife that I've owned. Don't know if it is the triple laminated steel, but she sure holds an edge and is easy to sharpen.

50538

jhgreasemonkey
August 10, 2009, 09:57 PM
http://www.knife-depot.com/images/product/4_42188.jpg
I was given one of these about 10 years ago and have never had a reason to replace it. Its just a $25 dollar shrade with a no slip handle and gut hook. It works great and has lasted well considering it's price.

wyobohunter
August 10, 2009, 10:08 PM
Case trapper is great for critters ranging in size from bunny to Elk. Plus it's made in the U.S.A.

vikingextreme93
August 10, 2009, 11:15 PM
three words, buck alpha hunter...good quality knife at a good price I would recomend the 420hc bladed models as they are far more affordable and its one of the more practical designs out there for a fixed blade hunter. I like the buck special or "119" but its not a great hunting design as its a little too big IMO. lots of options and its more about what design you like..me personally I would expand your budget and look for something with a nice flat grind or a high hollow grind with a droppoint but thats just me. Also just because its a name brand doesnt mean it is a quality tool. do reserch before buying

vikingextreme93
August 10, 2009, 11:24 PM
oh and even though I am not a big BUCK advocate I would strongly suggest a Gen 5 skinner or Vanguard..best buys for hunting knives IMO.

JKump
August 12, 2009, 09:22 AM
I have had good luck with the Gerber Profileā„¢ - Fine Edge - Drop Point - Fixed Blade. Search the Geber site you should find it with out problems. You can get one at Wal mart for around $25 dollars.


http://www.gerberstore.com/index.php?xpage=itempage&xid=934

2damnold4this
August 12, 2009, 04:43 PM
I like the mora or puukko style knife for hunting

The Sportsman's Guide has them cheap:
http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/new-swedish-mil-mora-knife.aspx?a=78455

If you want something a little fancier, a Helle Fjellkniven is nice.

Trust
August 12, 2009, 05:46 PM
For under $50 you can not go wrong with the Buck 110

medicinemanwy
August 12, 2009, 06:54 PM
I have had a buck for 35 years.

I broke the tip on one, they replaced it free of charge

I carey it every day,

One thing I would recomend is get a small steel, a few swipes on that steel and its rasor sharp.

flyguyskt
August 12, 2009, 06:57 PM
personally i believe a good knife is as important as a good gun...

Benchmade, case, gerber all make good knives. i have an older case knife that is my hunting companion. blaze orange handle, clip point, skinning point and drop point, plus saw blade, all interchangeable and in one handy size belt pouch.

dont get anything chinese...soft steel

http://www.xxcutlery.com/detail.aspx?ID=62 get it all in one! worth EVERY penny. ive been using mine for 15 years hit em on a diamond stone and steel and shave...honestly one of the only knives i have ever purchased that was RAZOR sharp out of the boxs...i think it even had a warning label about how sharp it is from the factory!!!

Jack O'Conner
August 25, 2009, 09:21 PM
http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c146/rushmoreman/2bladelargeknife.jpg

This style is still built by many companies. 5.25" closed position - it's a large folder. I've been using this knife for many years.

Marble's will sell you one for less than $35. Schrade, Rough Rider, and Boker make them, too.

http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c146/rushmoreman/2722_1.jpg

This COLD STEEL fixed blade copies the Scandinavian style quite nicely. It's very light but high quality steel with super sharp edge right out of the box. I bought mine on eBay for less than $25.

Good hunting to you.
Jack

LateNightFlight
August 25, 2009, 11:14 PM
Buck knives are brittle; that's the only knife where I've broken the blade in half. But, for some reason, I don't seem to lose them as easily. :) Or rather, I lose them, but I find them, sometimes in miraculous ways. Right now, I have a Buck 186... Or does that say 188? Even with reading glasses I can't tell. What I liked about it is that I can easily flick it open with one hand. That's not so important for a hunter, but it comes in handy on a farm.

As others have said, you don't need a big knife for field dressing. On numerous occasions, I've either forgotten a knife, or forgotten to sharpen it after ruining an edge, but I always have this little 2" Kershaw pocket knife that I've had for over 30 years. It's a little small to easily hang on to, but it is adequate for field dressing or skinning. I like the Kershaw brand for sure; my little Kershaw has certainly been durable.

Waterengineer
August 25, 2009, 11:47 PM
Buck 110, +1. Mine is at least 31 years old.

Also, on page one is a Schrader Old Tymer with a zipper hook.

I'm not a hook guy - I think they get in the way, but that is just me.

I have a similar knife without the hook. It's a great knife if you want a non-folder.

Coptalker
September 22, 2009, 05:54 AM
I've carried a Buck 119 for years. Recently, though, I've left it in camp in favor of my Browning Wind River Skinner. A bit smaller, better grip and seems to be easier to put an edge on.

http://www.knifeworks.com/browseproducts/Browning-Skinner--Wind-River-Knife.html

As mentioned above, there's always a Wyoming knife in my pack as well. And the Wyoming saw.