Choosing Between Deer Skinning Knives
A good quality set of hunting knives such as a deer skinning knife is a necessity. Not only do they look good but they can also be useful for skinning the animals. Skinning has been a popular pastime since ancient times and has always been done with the use of a sharp, flexible knife. This technique was used to allow the hunters to pierce the skin of the animal without leaving any punctures in the hide. The most commonly used knives for this process are the flat grinders or the skinners and the scatters.
The basic composition of these knives is the blade and the handle with some sort of covering to protect it. In addition, there are usually small stones attached to the blades that sharpen and improve the cutting edge when they are used properly. While many of today's deer skinning knives are made with a diamond or gold sharpening stone attached to the blade, some of the more primitive versions used stone such as obsidian. Unfortunately, the scratches made by the sharpening stone can ruin the edge of the knife making them ineffective for skinning.
- Most modern deer skinning knives are designed with two edges. There is the traditional straight folding blade which allows the hunter to quickly open the blade while skinning an animal. On the other hand, some folding knives are designed with a folding blade located at the end of the knife. When the blade is folded in this manner, it leaves more surface area available to the hunter. Although these are not as strong as the traditional straight blades, they tend to slice through easier and will often cut the skin of the animal more efficiently.
- Another important factor to consider when shopping for the best deer skinning knives is the handle. The handle must fit the hand well and should be comfortable. The weight of the knife should also be lightweight enough for the hunter to use without feeling too heavy. In addition, the handle should be able to withstand the skinning action so that the knife does not break when skinning an animal.
- The third consideration is blade length. Each hunter has his own preference in regards to how much blade length is best for him. Many prefer longer blades while others may want the shorter handles which provide easier control. Depending on the type of animal you are going to the skin, you may also want to consider the spot where you will skin the animal. Some prefer the front yard while others favor the forest.
- The fourth consideration is whether to get a fixed blade or a folding one. While many hunters who do not use live animals carry a fixed blade, others prefer the ability to switch to a folding knife during the process. With a fixed blade, once the animal is skinned the blade detaches from the handle. The next time it is used, the knife must be retrieved from the holster and the fresh meat used over again. This requires repetitive movement of the blade around the skinning loop.
Deer are tough, strong animals and they love to eat it. Deer Skinning knives can help make sure that their dinner is safe and sound. However, it takes practice and the use of the appropriate tools to be successful at bringing that deer down. The best weapon is the one with the right skill, size, and use. A Benchmade knife accompanies ease of use, the ease of use aids in accuracy and the confidence that comes with knowing that you have the right tool for the job.