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Old 12-12-2013, 06:53 PM
Hempish Hempish is offline
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Was seeing what everyone's opinion is on skeletonizing hunting knives. I have been tinkering with the idea of sending a couple roughed out blades to a water jet company here in Montana. Mainly for backpack hunting in the early fall when bow season opens for elk and deer. Wondering if it would need to be like a tool or stainless steel or if the 1085 I have now would work. Any input is great love hearing everyone's opinion.
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Old 12-12-2013, 07:24 PM
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Wow, lots of different answers are possible for that. When you ask if the knives NEED to be carbon or stainless are you asking if the water jet company would be able to use only one of those? If that's what you're asking then the answer is they can use either. If instead you mean which would be better in the field the answer to that is personal preference. The 1084 you have would work fine as would 440C if you wanted stainless.

There are plenty of skeletonized skinners out there both carbon and stainless.As far as I can tell they have a pretty good reputation among professional guides. On the other hand, many guides prefer a medium sized folding knife and some use the ever popular Loveless style knives.

The thing about skeletonized knives is that they are so simple. That means most people wouldn't want to pay much for one. Also, there are already so many out there that for users to choose yours you will need to have a unique design that they find useful. If you plan to just give them away to your friends that's one thing but I always try to consider the marketing aspects of anything I take the time to build ...


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Old 12-12-2013, 09:09 PM
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Thank you ray for the insight. As far as the steel goes I was curious because I have 1085 on hand but if I had to I could always or some 440 if it would hold up better. And as far as selling goes that's a ways down the road as any knife for awhile will be to the good friend donation fund. What got me asking this in the first place is I put on the Christmas list were the buck pack lite field master series and I loved the look and functionality of them. Which got me wondering how hard would it be to put something like that together. Anyways thank you again for the great insight.
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