Bird cleaning knife

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by wagg9118, Sep 3, 2018.

  1. TROB

    TROB

    56
    Sep 15, 2016
    I bought a buck caper specifically to carve up ducks and doves. The short blade and stubby tip works around the small bones really well. I prefer it to anything bigger.
     
  2. Dan of Bazz Clazz

    Dan of Bazz Clazz

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    May 10, 2017
    I have one. Would only be viable if you were either
    possessing the hands the size of a 6 year old's
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    were cleaning hummingbirds.

    The AG Russell Hunter's scalpel is only 4.75 " OAL.

    It truly is a "neck knife", or perhaps more accurately, a necklace or pendant knife.
     
  3. Earl1

    Earl1 Gold Member Gold Member

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    May 11, 2016
    I think this knife is just about perfect for small birds and fish.
     
  4. Horsewright

    Horsewright KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 4, 2011
    Seems to work:

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    Coolest part? Handle material is shin bone from this guy:

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    Enough handle material for a couple of knives. This one seems to work ok too:

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    Course he helps to keep your legs warm in the winter time too:

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    Heck even your pistol can stay warm:

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  5. shortwinger

    shortwinger Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 7, 2010
    Grohmann #2 Bird and Trout knife, #1 Original Canadian Belt knife, or the #3 Boat/Army/Yachtsman knife

    The #2 is probably the purpose made knife to fit your requirements but the #1 & #3 will also work. They handle like scalpels and fit your hand like few knives and hold a good edge.
     
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  6. cbach8tw

    cbach8tw Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2006
    Hess also makes a nice bird and trout knife. NOt sure if LT Wright is still making the Coyote as well, slim in D2 blade.
     
  7. Dan of Bazz Clazz

    Dan of Bazz Clazz

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    May 10, 2017
    Correct. Hess makes a B&T, which I bought recently. Love it, well made and high value, but really too small for me as a user.
    LT Wright has discontinued the Coyote, I got one of the last one's on the net it seems. Last I looked, Knives ship for free and the Kershaw Guy had 1 or 2 left. Search Google for any remaining stock. Doesn't always come up in the site search function. Excellent knife for B&T.
     
  8. DocT

    DocT

    Mar 25, 2012
    With dove or quail you don’t really need a knife. The breast can be pulled out. Ducks are another story. I always used a sharp Stockman knife. I like the kind that have one sheepsfoot blade. This will clean any bird in North America.
     
  9. Chronovore

    Chronovore Basic Member Basic Member

    700
    Aug 29, 2019
    @Horsewright always has the best pictures. :)

    I also prefer a small fixed blade. They're easier to keep clean and don't add to the pocket load. The White River Backpacker Pro was recommended early in the thread. That's a nice size, can be had with a convenient kydex sheath, and uses a good stainless steel.
     
  10. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    I have used the Backpacker Pro a bit since this thread started and have come to the conclusion that the steel is a bit thick. As a backpacking knife, it is strong and fairly versatile. So, it's an okay back packing knife where you might find yourself needing something stronger, but for small game, a thinner blade wins!
     
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  11. Chronovore

    Chronovore Basic Member Basic Member

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    Aug 29, 2019
    It looks like both the Backpacker and the Caper from White River are listed as 0.13". That's not terrible but thinner really is better. I recently had a thread about that. :p

    Coincidentally, my main EDC fixed blade is the Real Steel Receptor. It's compact but very comfortable to use. The blade stock is a friendlier 0.12". (Mine measures 0.121" at the very base of the blade and tapers down to a fine tip.) It's only 9Cr18Mov but it's also a lot less expensive and comes with a nice kydex sheath. Like Civivi, Real Steel seems to do a good heat treatment on their 9Cr18Mov. Edge retention is decent and corrosion resistance is good.

    What are some thinner fixed blades that would work here?
     
  12. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    @Chronovore It's interesting the impressions knives give you. I know the specs say 0.13" but it doesn't cut like a thin blade. I handled the White River Small Game knife and thought to myself.... this one I like. But the funny thing is that the specs say 0.13" steel.....

    I guess I just lean toward a knife with less belly...... (blade height). That is especially true of a knife for birds. This is something I really need to ponder a bit.
     
  13. Retired UPS Driver

    Retired UPS Driver Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 25, 2019
    Rapala fish fillet knife. This particular one with a 3.5” blade handles birds from a small Woodcock to a 27 pound wild Turkey and everything in between. It really excels at the Pheasant, Duck, Chicken sized bird. It won’t cut through bones though, however it’s easy enough to just joint out the pieces.

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  14. Horsewright

    Horsewright KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 4, 2011

    Thanks! A couple recents that would fit this bill well:

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  15. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    The interesting thing is that a bird and trout sized knife you like is generally all the knife most people ever need. The decision is often three finger vs four finger handles... These knives can handle most knife tasks that hunters encounter short of serious game processing which is when I want a boning type knife. Generally speaking, I have done little game processing other than small game as I always just let a butcher handle deer processing after field chores are completed. @Horsewright That last one is a real looker!
     
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  16. Horsewright

    Horsewright KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 4, 2011

    Thanks a Horsewright Cowboy model with stabilized Buckeye Burl.
     
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  17. JJ_Colt45

    JJ_Colt45 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 11, 2014
    I just received this El Toro from Dave @Horsewright yesterday ... it will see some use come duck and upland bird season this fall ... feels good in my hand and the thin blade stock is great ... will definitely make a great knife for bird cleaning among other things ... Thanks Dave!

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  18. skyhorse

    skyhorse Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 30, 2010
    I mostly use something like a case trapper for bird and trout.
     
  19. USMCPOP

    USMCPOP Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jan 6, 2016

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