I’m not a hunter but years ago I worked with the Naskapi First Nation in subarctic Quebec. This work took me on several caribou hunts and I learned, then helped with butchery.
I had my Browning Skinner 1 (no. 4518; Gil Hibben-design), bought for the purpose in 1975. The pronounced belly on that fixed blade made it pretty easy to process the carcasses. But the 440C needed a lot of attention.
OP, I’d echo the Stretch (1 or 2), which has a nice belly, in a prominently wear-resistant steel (not VG-10). The only such steel I have experience with among the Japanese offerings is ZDP-189. Perfect for skinning, I’m inclined to think.
But, for perspective, I must aad that the most effective caribou butcher I knew was an elder Naskapi who brought a cheap paring knife to the task. This knife had no belly, and who knows what steel.
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