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Folder for skinning deer under $125

Posted: Mon Jul 27, 2015 8:35 pm
by hebert3279
I know i'll hear the best knife is a fixed blade, but i'm looking for a folder for skinning some texas whitetail and having for all purpose use. I will not be cutting ribcage with it, just skinning the deer and cutting backstrap and tenderloin out and quartering up (i have saw for cutting bone).

What is the best spyderco knife you recommend under $125?

Re: Folder for skinning deer under $125

Posted: Wed Jan 02, 2019 4:27 am
by Joseph08
hebert3279 wrote:
Mon Jul 27, 2015 8:35 pm
I know i'll hear the best knife is a fixed blade, but i'm looking for a folder for skinning some texas whitetail and having for all purpose use. I will not be cutting ribcage with it, just skinning the deer and cutting backstrap and tenderloin out and quartering up (i have saw for cutting bone).

What is the best spyderco knife you recommend under $125?
I usually don't go for very expensive knives. Lately, i bought this https://swordsswords.com/knives/hunt-fo ... knife.html. It serves the purpose well. I will suggest you to go for such knives.

Re: Folder for skinning deer under $125

Posted: Wed Jan 02, 2019 4:55 am
by Bloke
I’d say have a look at the Stretch. :)

Re: Folder for skinning deer under $125

Posted: Wed Jan 02, 2019 1:31 pm
by 500Nitro
A knife that fits you, your hand, feels comfortable to use - like it should be an extension of your hand.
Nothing worse than trying to work on an animal with something that feels like a wrench !

One with enough belly to skin with a few sweeps.


I don't know the Spydie range well enough to name a model.
Night be worth asking in the Spyderco forum as opposed to the Byrd.

Re: Folder for skinning deer under $125

Posted: Wed Jan 02, 2019 10:49 pm
by anagarika
Bloke wrote:
Wed Jan 02, 2019 4:55 am
I’d say have a look at the Stretch. :)
Stretch is evolution of Hunter if not mistaken.
http://www.paulberetta.com/hunters.htm#stretch

Re: Folder for skinning deer under $125

Posted: Wed Jan 02, 2019 11:04 pm
by Bloke
anagarika wrote:
Wed Jan 02, 2019 10:49 pm
Bloke wrote:
Wed Jan 02, 2019 4:55 am
I’d say have a look at the Stretch. :)
Stretch is evolution of Hunter if not mistaken.
http://www.paulberetta.com/hunters.htm#stretch
I believe so, Chris.

I have a real soft spot for for my ZDP Stretch (even though Back Locks are not my favourite). It’s a great knife and there are likely other folding Spyders that would lend themselves to skinning the Stretch would certainly be my choice. :)

Re: Folder for skinning deer under $125

Posted: Wed Jan 02, 2019 11:34 pm
by knivesandbooks
Dang it, Paul's link reminded how much I like those ProVenators.

Re: Folder for skinning deer under $125

Posted: Thu May 23, 2019 2:24 am
by usher
Joseph08 wrote:
Wed Jan 02, 2019 4:27 am
hebert3279 wrote:
Mon Jul 27, 2015 8:35 pm
I know i'll hear the best knife is a fixed blade, but i'm looking for a folder for skinning some texas whitetail and having for all purpose use. I will not be cutting ribcage with it, just skinning the deer and cutting backstrap and tenderloin out and quartering up (i have saw for cutting bone).

What is the best spyderco knife you recommend under $125?
I usually don't go for very expensive knives. Lately, i bought this https://swordsswords.com/knives/hunt-fo ... knife.html. It serves the purpose well. I will suggest you to go for such knives.
Couldn't agree more! I bought a knife for myself as well. They have better price rates and quality as compared to other websites I checked. :)

Re: Folder for skinning deer under $125

Posted: Mon Sep 02, 2019 3:30 am
by Cambertree
I use the Stretch for that kind of work. Mine's a HAP40 model.

The Gayle Bradley 1 also works well, although I haven't tried the 2.

Re: Folder for skinning deer under $125

Posted: Mon Sep 02, 2019 10:07 am
by wrdwrght
I don’t hunt and haven’t processed an animal since taking down caribou in the late 1970s while working with/for the Naskapis of northern Quebec.

On that occasion, I had a Gil Hibben-designed Browning fixed-blade that helped—in Naskapi hands and in my own—to process some 30 caribou. It showed me the importance of a blade with a pronounced belly.

But I hasten to add that I watched a Naskapi elder process an entire caribou with just a paring knife, and a cheap one at that. Technique would seem to matter more than blade shape.

Still, I do believe a Stretch (either the 1 or 2; I have both) would have been a perfect cutter for that occasion. But bear in mind that the lockback handle will collect all sorts of gunk.

Maybe the full-bellied Rhino, with its flow-through construction, would spare you some clean-up time. Online, I see it goes for $130.