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What knife/tool do you use for gutting a deer?  Got a new one I'm going to try out this year but interested to see what everyone is using.  Hoping to bloody this one up.  

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I have a whole box full of knives, and many have served me well for field dressing...

However, the  last  few years I have used a Havelon,  and  my field dressing has never been quicker or easier.....

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Been using the Havalon for the last few years ,ill never use anything but an interchangeable blade for field dressing after using it. 

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I use a Schade sharpfinger at home and a Buck 110 in the Adirondacks, but the butt-out II always gets used first.  That is a big time saver and well worth the $ 5.99 I paid for it back in 2016.

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15 minutes ago, wolc123 said:

I use a Schade sharpfinger at home and a Buck 110 in the Adirondacks, but the butt-out II always gets used first.  That is a big time saver and well worth the $ 5.99 I paid for it back in 2016.

Followed by the Ballz off tool ?

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27 minutes ago, Pygmy said:

I have a whole box full of knives, and many have served me well for field dressing...

However, the  last  few years I have used a Havelon,  and  my field dressing has never been quicker or easier.....

 

22 minutes ago, Jeremy K said:

Been using the Havalon for the last few years ,ill never use anything but an interchangeable blade for field dressing after using it. 

See a lot of advertising for those.   What is the advantage of the interchangeable blades?  I always see those and think ...yeah I will cut myself changing those.  Lol.  

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Usually one of these. The top one is a J A Henckels that I've used for over 40 years. It still rides in my pack. For the last 5 years or so I've been using one or the other of two Grohmanns, a #1 or a #3.

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27 minutes ago, Robhuntandfish said:

 

See a lot of advertising for those.   What is the advantage of the interchangeable blades?  I always see those and think ...yeah I will cut myself changing those.  Lol.  

Just the sharpness and the fact you can just swap out the blades. Mine has a small bone saw too that works amazing for removing the bone blocking the anal cavity , i actually make 2 cuts in the bone and remove about a 1 inch wide piece of bone to remove the crapper shoot. 

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Just now, Jeremy K said:

Just the sharpness and the fact you can just swap out the blades. Mine has a small bone saw too that works amazing for removing the bone blocking the anal cavity , i actually make 2 cuts in the bone and remove about a 1 inch wide piece of bone to remove the crapper shoot. 

Those havalons remind me of razors.   They just look so sharp.  Honestly they scared me away a little.  But I bet they work great.

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4 minutes ago, Robhuntandfish said:

Those havalons remind me of razors.   They just look so sharp.  Honestly they scared me away a little.  But I bet they work great.

Rob, I love quality knives, and I have a box full of Bucks, Shrades, Case, Puma and others....

But several years ago my buddy Gator from Ontario gave me a  chintzy looking plastic and stainless Havelon , and they work great...The blades ARE razors  and you have to remember that, but they sure do make field dressing easier, from opening up the body cavity to bunghole work...

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My well traveled Buck 110 has seen alot of gutting! But honestly, it isnt the most hand friendly knife, but holds an edge forever. No pics, but my Grohman #1 ( I have four of them) actually is my favorite deer hunting knife. Great ergonomics, holds a fantastic edge, very reasonably priced. The Old Henry Sharp finger is another great knife...goofy looking but it fits the hand great, holds a good edge and isnt bulky. All my knives have a lanyard (essential) so it can dangle as I reposition/etc. so I dont have to set it down.

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45 minutes ago, Robhuntandfish said:

Those havalons remind me of razors.   They just look so sharp.  Honestly they scared me away a little.  But I bet they work great.

They work incredibly well ,just the weight of the knife moving across the tissue will cut it . Tacks used one last year and had good results as well.

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1 hour ago, eaglemountainman said:

Yeah, finger grooves either fit you or they suck. These fit like the knife was made for me.

Thats why I hate Glocks. 

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1 hour ago, Jeremy K said:

i actually make 2 cuts in the bone and remove about a 1 inch wide piece of bone to remove the crapper shoot. 

I always have a Gerber folding saw in my pack for that task, in addition to clearing branches around my stands

 

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3 minutes ago, Kmartinson said:

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And the name on the handle?

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26 minutes ago, wolc123 said:

I always have a Gerber folding saw in my pack for that task, in addition to clearing branches around my stands

 

I've used them before but i never bring a saw hunting. 

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6 minutes ago, SpacemanSpiff said:

And the name on the handle?

Well its a long story. After you have kids, calling your buddies a$$h@/3s in front of them is a bad habit i did my best to end asap.  I slipped up and squeaked out the word butthole at deer camp narrowly avoiding dropping the a-bomb........ some things stick.

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