Knife Suggestions?

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Knife Suggestions?

Postby RShockley » Thu Nov 28, 2013 5:51 pm

I'm looking for some good recommendations on knifes for cleaning waterfowl. I normally just breast the birds. I am currently using a buck omni hunter. I have some trouble getting all the meat. Was thinking about trying a filet knife instead.
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Re: Knife Suggestions?

Postby Txwaterfowlhnter » Thu Nov 28, 2013 6:32 pm

I love using my havalon knife for cleaning birds nice sharp small flexable blade
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Re: Knife Suggestions?

Postby dsm16428 » Thu Nov 28, 2013 6:40 pm

a good fillet knife. I have a couple that I use for just waterfowl.
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Re: Knife Suggestions?

Postby FSUDuck » Thu Nov 28, 2013 7:14 pm

http://www.basspro.com/Schrade-Uncle-He ... /10215191/

I recommend this knife. It comes in a 5" blade or a 7"blade
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Re: Knife Suggestions?

Postby Bib3773 » Thu Nov 28, 2013 7:27 pm

dsm16428 wrote:a good fillet knife. I have a couple that I use for just waterfowl.


x2, I use a fine blade fillet knife on dove, duck and geese and it works really well.
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Re: Knife Suggestions?

Postby California Sprig » Thu Nov 28, 2013 8:21 pm

I agree for breasting a good fillet knife works best. The secrete of course is to keep it razor sharp.
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Re: Knife Suggestions?

Postby Hoosierace » Thu Nov 28, 2013 8:27 pm

Filet knife with a short blade. They are less common but you can usually find them at a sporting goods store.
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Re: Knife Suggestions?

Postby whiskyjack » Thu Nov 28, 2013 11:31 pm

A shorter bladed boning knife works well. Hard to find though. I resorted to the custom knife route which is likely a separate topic. Havalon works pretty good as well.
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Re: Knife Suggestions?

Postby mauserfan » Fri Nov 29, 2013 11:02 am

I use a Mora with about a 4.5" blade. Agile blade is good for breasting and strong enough to break leg bones over when taking them off.....mauser
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Re: Knife Suggestions?

Postby ohio mike » Fri Nov 29, 2013 12:25 pm

Trapper or Improved Muskrat.
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Re: Knife Suggestions?

Postby Greenhead_Wrecker » Sat Nov 30, 2013 2:04 am

Havalon piranta
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Re: Knife Suggestions?

Postby sketch21 » Sat Nov 30, 2013 8:25 pm

Greenhead_Wrecker wrote:Havalon piranta


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Re: Knife Suggestions?

Postby tenfingergrip » Sun Dec 01, 2013 8:12 am

I've enjoyed using my Gerber filet knife on all my ducks. The blade is narrow enough and properly flexible to bend and get all the meat away from the bone with out leaving any. They won't cost you an arm and a leg either. I keep one in the boat as well as in the blind bag and one in the knife drawer at home.

https://www.google.com/#q=gerber+fillet+knife&tbm=shop
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Re: Knife Suggestions?

Postby 23yearsago » Sun Dec 01, 2013 12:33 pm

The older Finnish made birchwood handle Rapala 4" fillet knives are great for breasting. The newer Chinese produced Rapalas are pretty much like anything made in China. :rolleyes: I have both and the China knife works but tough(er) to keep an edge on it.
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Re: Knife Suggestions?

Postby headshotz » Sun Dec 01, 2013 1:44 pm

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Re: Knife Suggestions?

Postby jrg_80 » Sun Dec 01, 2013 7:32 pm

Check out Outdoor Edge's folding fillet knife, I've got one and love it. I believe you can get the fillet knife and game shear in a combo as well. Hope this helps.

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Re: Knife Suggestions?

Postby wraithen » Mon Dec 02, 2013 7:55 pm

I've learned two things about cleaning birds. The first is that the knife is about 50% in terms of importance and knowing how to properly sharpen it is another 50%. The second thing I learned is nothing is better than experience. My wife (Vet Tech for the army, used to doing things like cutting animals for sending out samples,) can cut an entire limit in the amount of time I can do 1 1/2 birds. I kill, she cleans :yes:
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Re: Knife Suggestions?

Postby AR Dave » Mon Dec 02, 2013 9:39 pm

ohio mike wrote:Trapper or Improved Muskrat.


+1 ^ on the Muskrat.
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Re: Knife Suggestions?

Postby PNWGator » Mon Dec 02, 2013 9:45 pm

Buck actually makes a fixed blade waterfowl model designed specifically for cleaning birds. I saw it today at their factory store. Looked like a great knife and I'm hoping I've behaved well enough that Santa got the hint. :)
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Re: Knife Suggestions?

Postby btw574 » Tue Dec 03, 2013 7:27 pm

I have the Buck Waterfowler knife and love it. I used a fillet knife for a long time but I like the shorter blade of the Buck as it gives me more control for breasting out birds.
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Re: Knife Suggestions?

Postby apg36820 » Thu Dec 05, 2013 7:07 pm

i have found that using a knife with a smaller blade works best. I use either a case mini copperlock or a kershaw scallion. they both fit nicely in a pocket or a blind bag.
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Re: Knife Suggestions?

Postby rookiemistake » Thu Dec 05, 2013 7:16 pm

I enjoy my roach belly. Good little knife that's cheap
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Re: Knife Suggestions?

Postby Kidney » Sat Dec 07, 2013 7:17 am

Knives of Alaska Muskrat or a simple wood handled Mora.
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Re: Knife Suggestions?

Postby tnhunter42 » Sat Dec 21, 2013 12:24 am

Recently found a Case Lol Devil that belonged to my grandpa. Blade's a little thick, but I love it. Maybe it's the heirloom feel behind it.
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Re: Knife Suggestions?

Postby TexasPuddleJumper » Sat Dec 21, 2013 12:38 am

I use WR Case knives. I have a mini trapper that is perfect for cleaning ducks. I'm getting my father a stockman for christmas this year. My grandfather used a stockman that I gave him for Christmas a long time ago. I have regained that knife since his passing. The blades are smaller, but sharp and hold a good edge.
WR Case or Buck knives are all anyone in my family uses.

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