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Knifes....another popular topic.....
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Contributors to this thread:
jordanathome 12-Aug-17
WV Mountaineer 12-Aug-17
hawkeye in PA 12-Aug-17
Charlie Rehor 12-Aug-17
oldgoat 12-Aug-17
Well-Strung 12-Aug-17
Well-Strung 12-Aug-17
Surfbow 12-Aug-17
Willieboat 12-Aug-17
jjs 12-Aug-17
jordanathome 12-Aug-17
jordanathome 12-Aug-17
SBH 12-Aug-17
Velvet Muley 12-Aug-17
caribou77 12-Aug-17
wyobullshooter 12-Aug-17
LBshooter 12-Aug-17
LBshooter 12-Aug-17
OkieJ 12-Aug-17
MathewsMan 12-Aug-17
CJE 12-Aug-17
Backpack Hunter 12-Aug-17
Fulldraw1972 13-Aug-17
TD 13-Aug-17
jtelarkin08 13-Aug-17
caribou77 13-Aug-17
ELKMAN 13-Aug-17
Shawn 13-Aug-17
HUNT MAN 13-Aug-17
wild1 13-Aug-17
Buyse 13-Aug-17
fubar racin 13-Aug-17
Paul@thefort 13-Aug-17
yooper89 13-Aug-17
Hackbow 13-Aug-17
stealthycat 14-Aug-17
Fuzzy 14-Aug-17
DeerMount 14-Aug-17
Alaska at heart 14-Aug-17
DartonJager 16-Aug-17
DarrylDunsloppy 16-Aug-17
Brotsky 16-Aug-17
From: jordanathome
12-Aug-17
Havalon was all the rage several years ago. I still carry my Paranta and extra blades for cutting meat. I also carry a gerber skinner for breaking open hide and a Kershaw fixed blade for breaking joints.

I see Tyto is now Snyder and Call's choice and seems to be gaining popularity on Havalon.

What do you carry, how do you use it and why?

12-Aug-17
A 4 3/4" fixed blade drop point knife Made from O1 carbon, that my brother hand ground and heat treated to 58 rock well hardness. It is unbeatable for edge retention at that treatment. It far out reaches the D2 steel knives I have owned for edge holding ability. Takes a bit to get it sharp but, anything that hard is going to. I've carved wood with it, skinned several animals, etc... without sharpening and, it still cuts paper effortlessly.

12-Aug-17
Depends on the hunt, might be a very early Marbles, Buck, Case or a retirement gift Randall, all are fixed blade knifes that I sharpen.

12-Aug-17
I use the Havalon for caping but nothing else. Scalpel blades are great around the eyes, ears, mouth and antler bases but break to easily doing the heavy cutting. I need a gut hook (occasionally) and a stout folding blade for tough guy cutting in the field.

From: oldgoat
12-Aug-17
I bought Havalon regular and filet knives for this year! The Tyto looks like a good idea but I think my hands are too old for that skeleton grip! Wish they would offer one with a fatter grip handle! Probably will have one lighter weight but sturdy Buck folder with me just in case

From: Well-Strung
12-Aug-17

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I finished this one up last week. W1 round tool steel. Hand forged blade, guard and pommel. Fitted and polished giraffe bone handle mortised with a hidden tang. Japanese hamon with a bold wave pattern. 9.5" total length, 5" blade. Elephant sheath. Handmade at Brewstro Forge. Can't wait to put it to use.

From: Well-Strung
12-Aug-17

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From: Surfbow
12-Aug-17
I have a Havalon and will always have some sort of replaceable scalpel blade knife on me while hunting. I have used it to cut up multiple deer, antelope, and helped with an elk, and only broken one blade (prying hide from under an antler base, not a job it's intended for). I think if you're constantly breaking those blades you need to reevaluate your knife skills, they are an excellent tool. I also carry a fixed-blade knife that's more useful for camp chores or a survival-type situation.

From: Willieboat
12-Aug-17
I am down to only carrying a Havalon.

From: jjs
12-Aug-17
Havalon + my 35yr old Western,wouldn't seem right to be with out it.

From: jordanathome
12-Aug-17
Gorgeous knife Wellstrung.........

From: jordanathome
12-Aug-17
damn.....would love to have an old Western.....

From: SBH
12-Aug-17
I'm with surf bow and Willieboat. Broken down lots of elk with only a havalon and that's all I carry now. There is no reason to carry 3 knives. You do have to go gutless though.

From: Velvet Muley
12-Aug-17
edge makes a good replaceable blade knife. It is stouter than the havalon but I still carry both.

From: caribou77
12-Aug-17
Iv e been using an outdoor edge razor lite. Blades change easy and it's sturdier than the havalon, cheaper as well.

12-Aug-17
Two knives are always in my pack...a Cabela's Alaskan Guide and a Wyoming Knife. Won't leave home without either.

From: LBshooter
12-Aug-17
A mora or two and a cold steel master Hunter carbon V or the ultimate Hunter, all great knives.

From: LBshooter
12-Aug-17
A mora or two and a cold steel master Hunter carbon V or the ultimate Hunter, all great knives.

From: OkieJ
12-Aug-17
Havalon in the pack.

Knives of Alaska Alpha Wolf on the belt. The Alpha Wolf is the lightest sheath knife I have found.

From: MathewsMan
12-Aug-17
I use the Outdoor edge razor and a swing blade.

From: CJE
12-Aug-17

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I love knives and I love carrying them. I usually make 2 or 3 different ones to carry every year but certain knives have their place in certain situations. Here is the knife I will be carrying most this year. 1084 steel with stainless guard and end bolster with elk antler scales. I also always carry my hatchet and havalon in my hunting pack, those 2 always come in handy.

12-Aug-17
Still carry the Havalon. I always have a sharp blade, it is light, and can't say I have ever had a problem breaking blades.

From: Fulldraw1972
13-Aug-17
I am a havalon guy myself. Like surfbow said use it as it's intended and blades breaking will be a thing if the past.

From: TD
13-Aug-17
I always have a havalon folder in the kill kit. Love them, great tools. Own 2 folding handles and two stainless scalpel handles, buy the blades (22s and 60s) in cases of 100. Use them a lot from caping pheasants to doing my euros to caping big game in the field. They are great caping knives. not the best for deboning, not the best for skinning. They can do the job, but are not the best for the job.

Also in the kit is a OE flip'n blaze (?) that has a zipper blade for opening hide and a decent skinning blade. And a 5" straight flexible boning knife for deboning, love using a good tool designed for its work and that is a good tool. Carry a duo diamond folding stone as well, but I keep them pretty sharp, I don't mind sharpening blades.

But I will admit.... I'm a tool junky. It's what I do..... I HATE using a crescent wrench, will walk to the other end of the shop to get the right wench..... and have had to fix literally hundreds of tools and equipment damaged by mechanical goofs with pliers, a pipe wrench and a hammer......

From: jtelarkin08
13-Aug-17
Im running a tyto this year instead of a Havalon. I think it will be perfect..

From: caribou77
13-Aug-17
Iv e been using an outdoor edge razor lite. Blades change easy and it's sturdier than the havalon, cheaper as well.

From: ELKMAN
13-Aug-17
Lightest folder I could find made by Bench made. Can't stand the disposable garbage.

From: Shawn
13-Aug-17
am with caribou77, I like the outdoor edge razor lite. They are under 25 bucks with 6 blades and do all I need a knife to do. Shawn

From: HUNT MAN
13-Aug-17
Just a havolon for me also. On a big hunt like Alaska I will take a fixed blade knife also. But for just elk hunting . A havolon gets the job done. No reason to carry 3 knifes . Hunt

From: wild1
13-Aug-17
I always have a havalon on me, but I'm not a particularly big fan of them - use them just for caping or fine cutting. I love a 3-4 inch fixed blade knife, among the too-many I own, these are my favorites (all excellent): Benchmade Saddle Mtn. Skinner, Fallkniven F1, KOA Alpha Wolf, Helle Fjellkniven, and of course, a few Mora knives. Also, I always carry a Benchmade Griptilian in my pocket/clip.

From: Buyse
13-Aug-17
Love the Havalon. Seen they also have a replaceable gut hook blade. Made my day!

From: fubar racin
13-Aug-17
My last few animals have been handled crom start to finish with my havalon i still carry my puma skinner but it hasnt been used in the last 2 elk 4 deer and 2 antelope

From: Paul@thefort
13-Aug-17

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From: yooper89
13-Aug-17
Havalon and a Marble's Knife made in God's country... the UP!

From: Hackbow
13-Aug-17
Havalon Baracuta with 3 scalpel blades and 2 bone/wood blades.

I haven't broken any of the thicker scalpel blades. The saw blades are great for breaking down smaller limbs and branches for making a fire. I've carried larger knives in the past, but enjoy lightening my pack weight without loss of utility.

From: stealthycat
14-Aug-17
Havalon Barracuda, extra blades and a couple of wood blades too

From: Fuzzy
14-Aug-17
I like traditional knives, a good folder and a good 4 to 5 inch fixed blade

From: DeerMount
14-Aug-17
CJE I sure enjoy the pics of your knives!

14-Aug-17
I am mainly a whitetail hunter and have been using guthook blades since a buddy gifted me with one in the late 1990's. Since then I have acquired a Buck Zipper, a couple Marbles, and a few customs in the same blade configuration. The Buck has seen the most use and holds a great edge. One way or another, it always seems to end up in the field dressing pouch of my pack.

From: DartonJager
16-Aug-17
I use either my Blackjack Trail Guide or my BRK Bravo-1 along with a Gerber/Fiskers pocket sharpener and either is all I have ever needed to skin, quarter and de-bone any elk. You have to experience a BJ/TG or BRK/B-1 first hand to truly appreciate the difference a very well made hair popping scary sharp knife can make when trying to take a 700-800lb animal and fit him in your backpack quickly and with minimal effort. Just my opinion but I have no need to and see no advantage to carrying two knives, and in the case of the disposable blade type, they are again IMHO, to limited in their scope of use for me to use VS my BJ/TG or BRK/B-1.

16-Aug-17
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From: Brotsky
16-Aug-17
Havalon and a good CRKT folder for heavier work around joints and spine.

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