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Swing Blade



By: concordprof
Posted: 17-Dec-10

I'm thinking about purchasing this knife and was looking for feedback regarding its performance. Also, what is the best way for sharpening the gutting blade?


By: Charlie Rehor
Posted: 17-Dec-10

I bought the "flip & zip" version because I prefer a folding version. It's just preference. Check out the web site. I like the design of the gutting blade because you can just go right up the belly and cut the diaphram very easily without puncturing other stuff. I use the KME Sharpener. Good luck! C


By: proline
Posted: 17-Dec-10

Love my Swing Blaze (the blaze orange version)! Go with the Blaze .... I used to tie surveyor's tape to my knife handles to keep from losing them when I set them down in the leaves, but the blaze orange handle takes care of that. :)


By: Zbone
Posted: 17-Dec-10

hoping for one for christmas.


By: SNEAKYPEE
Posted: 17-Dec-10

Awesome Knife , I have had one for 2 years and love it, havent had to sharpen the gutting blade yet and have done 2 elk and probabbly 15 or so deer with it the main blade holds a pretty good edge also


By: Wages
Posted: 18-Dec-10

Some folks call it a sling blade, I call it a Kaiser blade... mmm-huhhh ...I like them french fried potaters. lol

They do look pretty handy.


By: walks with a gimp
Posted: 18-Dec-10

I've got the Flip&Zip also and it holds an edge very well.


By: Stekewood
Posted: 18-Dec-10

If they made it in orange, with a slender, filet knife type blade instead of that fat drop point it would be the PERFECT deer gutting knife, and I would buy 2 of them on the spot (as would all of my buddies). The blade is too fat for doing the ring a round the rosie on the bunghole, so we stick with a 2 knife system (Trapper and Gerber Metolius with the ball on the end).


By: bigkev42
Posted: 18-Dec-10

I like mine a lot. Use the Butt-Out with it. :-)


By: proline
Posted: 18-Dec-10

Ditto what bigkev42 said. Swing Blaze + Butt Out = WIN!


By: Pat Lefemine
Posted: 19-Dec-10

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It is a great knife, but my favorite part of it is how easy it sharpens. After I gut and skin a deer with the Swing Blade I make two light passes on the Outdoor Edge sharpener that came with the Butcher-Lite kit and it's shaving sharp again.


By: petedrummond
Posted: 19-Dec-10

Its the only knife I can find at night after I lay it down while gutting a deer. Nuff said.


By: recurve
Posted: 20-Dec-10

Yes I've had one for the past couple years too. I like it alot and they are easy to touch up in the field. The orange ones easy to keep track of when layed down on the ground.


By: Gray Ghost
Posted: 20-Dec-10

Does anyone know what kind of steel they put in those things?

GG


By: Wages
Posted: 20-Dec-10

Specifications (from the Outdoor Edge site)

* Skinning Blade: 3.6" (9 cm)

* Gutting Blade: 3.2" (8.1 cm)

* Overall Length: 8.3" (12 cm)

* Steel: Aichi AUS-8 Stainless Vacuum heat treatment &subzero quenched

* Rockwell-C hardness: 57-58

* Handle: Rubberized Kraton®


By: Gray Ghost
Posted: 20-Dec-10

Thanks, Wages. That's close to what I expected.

The Japanese-made AUS-8 is considered a good middle-grade stainless. It does have some vanadium in it, which is good for getting a razor edge.

It's softer than some higher-end steels, like ATS-34, so it won't hold an edge as long, but it may sharpen a little easier.

GG


By: Zbone
Posted: 24-Dec-10

learned a couple days ago santa was not bringing me one for christmas, so i went out and bought me one for my own christmas present yesterday and worked it on a hanging deer today. luv the knife.


By: Zbone
Posted: 24-Dec-10

learned a couple days ago santa was not bringing me one for christmas, so i went out and bought me one for my own christmas present yesterday and worked it on a hanging deer today. luv the knife.


By: TD
Posted: 24-Dec-10

Looking at them seriously. I have a browning folder with a similar style "gut" blade. I almost never gut anything but the design works so slick for skinning it's amazing.

Cuts from inside out so you get much less hair on the meat. Dorsal cut, down the legs to the joints as fast as you can push it. I even do much of the skinning with it as the blunt tip doesn't cut the hide. I have a boning knife similar to a fillet knife Stekewood spoke of. Another great tool.

I don't care for the mediocre at best regular blade on the browning folder, so I'm in the market. I just love the blunt tip "gut" blade to much to do without it now.


By: Zbone
Posted: 24-Dec-10

charlie - is the "flip n zip" handle material the same as the swingblade? from the web pictures, they look like a different pattern and the flip n zip sez rubberized. anyone know how much heavier the flip n zip is withthe extra blade than the swingblade? ...thanx


By: Zbone
Posted: 24-Dec-10

oops, just read same material, different grip pattern. what about the weight?...thanx


By: Zbone
Posted: 26-Dec-10

nevermind, i just went back and exchange my swing blaze for a flip n blaze. i like a folder better than a fixed blade also. cost me an extra 21 bucks though...8^)


By: Zbone
Posted: 03-Jan-11

pat - does the tungsten-carbide sharpener you got with the kit also work on the gut blade too? thanx


By: Zbone
Posted: 03-Jan-11

just went out and bought the butcher-lite kit too. thanx a lot guys, this thread cost me 150 bucks...8^)


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