Normally used by butchers and deer hunters, a skinning knife has a curved tip and sweeping handle that can effortlessly separate the meat from the skin without destroying the muscle or inadvertently slicing away too much meat. Usually, skinning knives come with surgical steel or stainless steel blades, which are known for keeping a sharp edge.
Though, because of the hardness of these blade materials, it can be hard to re-sharpen the blades if you can’t get to a knife sharpener, for instance, if you are on a deer hunting or camping trip and all you have is a diamond or whetstone stone. This is essentially why most deer hunters prefer skinning knives made with carbon steel blades.
To effectively remove the skin from big game animals, hunters use skinning knives because the blades are short, curved, and thin, letting the hunters have a firm grip while slicing the skin away from the game meat. Because of this, the blades must be not only sharp, but keep an edge for a long period of time.
Here are product reviews for a couple of the best skinning knives in the industry.
Lone Wolf Mountaineer Skinner and Caper Hunting Knife Combo with Leather Sheath (Black)
Created by Benchmade, one the best names in sporting cutlery, the Lone Wolf Knives are built for long-lasting toughness for any outdoor activity, like camping and deer hunting. To guard your skinning/hunting knife, it comes with a cool leather sheath.
Outdoor Edge Swingblaze SZ-20N Swingblade with Bright Orange Handle
The Outdoor Edge Swingblaze SZ-20N Swingblade with Bright Orange Handle is basically two knives for one, and even greater, at an affordable price. It is no shock that this skinning knife from Outdoor Edge Swingblade is its top seller. It is also a very popular item sold on television shopping shows.