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I'm thinking about getting my dad a new knife for Father's Day, because his old one doesn't seem to hold an edge like it used to. Anybody have any suggestions for a good, general-use fixed blade hunting knife? He would be using it mostly for skinning

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  • I'm thinking about getting my dad a new knife for Father's Day, because his old one doesn't seem to hold an edge like it used to. Anybody have any suggestions for a good, general-use fixed blade hunting knife? He would be using it mostly for skinning

    I'm thinking about getting my dad a new knife for Father's Day, because his old one doesn't seem to hold an edge like it used to. Anybody have any suggestions for a good, general-use fixed blade hunting knife? He would be using it mostly for skinning game and cutting up the meat. I'd prefer to keep the cost under $80 or so.

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    I have used my Buck 6" fixed blade for 40+ years. It has taken apart more big game animals than I can remember. Keeps an excellent edge that lasts thru the entire quartering operation on an elk, caribou and moose without sharpening.

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    • #3
      Here are some to consider.
      I got a Buck 119 in 1968 and it is going strong - good for big jobs. I have added two more Buck's since then. I also have a Case and a Schrade Pro Hunter II which is a go to lately.


      http://www.outdoorlife.com/blogs/hunting/2013/09/best-hunting-knives-7-new-fixed-blade-sheath-knives-tested-and-reviewed

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      • #4
        I'm with everyone else; I think Buck is the way to go. Best edge out of the box I've ever seen, and longest-lasting edge, too. My only complaint is the clip-point blades of the 119, 105, and 102. I prefer drop-point blades, which the Buck Vanguard has, but that's more in the $100-$120 price range. I recently learned that they do have a fixed-blade skinner, the 103, but don't know the price range.

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        • #5
          My knife is old and beat up and doesn't hold an edge as well, but I still chose it over some of my newer "better" blades. So make sure he'd be willing to part with his. I agree with everyone elses suggestions.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by JM View Post
            My knife is old and beat up and doesn't hold an edge as well, but I still chose it over some of my newer "better" blades. So make sure he'd be willing to part with his. I agree with everyone elses suggestions.
            He's been complaining about it not getting sharp enough of late, so I would assume he wouldn't have a problem with using a new one. Good point though.

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            • #7
              A couple years back I did a test on several fixed blade knives for the magazine including buck, browning, spyderco, CRKT, gerber, and Puma, and my favorite of all of them was the Puma (i can't remember the exact model but it is a drop point with a stag handle). a pretty affordable knife and had the second best factory edge and second best re-sharpenability (second to the spyderco in both)...tons of them that will get the job done just fine though!

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              • #8
                I followed JHP's link to outdoor life knife review and while reading the comments, one suggested Case knives should have been reviewed. I'd forgotten about Case, they are very good knives that my Grandpa swore by. He was miffed with my purchase of Buck. But God rest his soul I still use his case pocket knife and occasionally field dress a deer with his old beat up stag horn Case hunting knife.

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                • #9
                  Some suggestions: (check Amazon for current pricing)

                  Buck Vanguard

                  Browning Overtime
                  https://www.amazon.com/Browning-3220221-Overtime-Jade-black/dp/B01ETT3O1Y/ref=sr_1_1?s=hunting-fishing&ie=UTF8&qid=1525620146&sr=8-1&keywords=Hunting+knife+browning+overtime&dpID=41 c1n1nbBXL&preST=_SX300_QL70_&dpSrc=srch

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