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Discussion in 'Buck Knives' started by David Martin, Nov 16, 2020.
Longbow, you're a lefty. DM
st8yd, the Rem. model 11 was mfg. off the Browning patent.
Did you find the 501 to be enough knife to dress cat squirrels? DM
Ya, it is stamped on the barrel.
Ive used the 501 on squirrels for over 30 yrs.
When I started hunting on my own around 13 yo before I knew about Buck, I used a large stockman with about a 3 inch main blade for cleaning small game and birds and medium size critters like coyote, badgers, raccoons and such. That was the size I liked then. I had a few different ones through jr. and sr high school, some old timers and uncle Henry, I could make use of a large stockman more than any other knife. Occasionally I would use one of my dads fixed blades when hunting big game or out camping. I think I stayed with a stockman till my early 20s when I got a Imperial lockback off of the Mac tools truck and it was cheap junk. I think if I had known about the Buck 301 or 307 that’s probably all I would have used back then. After my first 301 in 1989 I have mostly stayed with Buck and now have several different models.
Ha ha, not a lefty, but a bottom eject gun with a left-handed safety that needs converting. My other rabbit gun is a Fox double 16ga that belonged to my great uncle. I swap them around so they don’t feel neglected.
Longbow, I knew it was something along those lines. Those bottom eject Browning pumps have a strong frame. A Fox is a nice gun. DM
It was cold but I managed to get a Gambel rooster yesterday. Used my 317. DM
What would you gents call the 2nd blade shape on the 317? DM
I don’t have a 317 (that is one on my gun show list to find), but I do have a similar 2-blade Kabar that was probably also made by Camillus. I have always though of that second blade as more of a small game/filet type blade, similar to a 102 Woodsman blade. Nice knife and rooster...
I can’t be positive but when I was a kid the knives with upswept blades were called skinning blades. Then the drop points became popular and they were noted as skinning knives.
Nice Bucks and birds
id call it a skinner blade/small game blade. like Les that sort of very slight upswept blade shape always made me think of it as a skinner. likewise the size of it always made me think of a small game cleaning knife. not sure that's right but I always thought of it that way.
Yes, you gents are hitting at it. I wasn't sure and like you I thought I had read in some of Bucks early literature, that blade was called a skinner. However, in Blade's Guide To Knives that blade is named as a 'Turkish clip point'. It has a picture and the shape is an exact match. Thus, I wondered...
Anyway, I used that blade to process the rooster and it worked great. So, I wondered... Thanks. DM
longbow, yours and the Buck blade are very close to the same. Here it is with a straight edge at the plunge line, showing it has a clipped blade. DM
I plan to use this blade for bird processing and skinning, when I use this model. DM
So, really this model, 'folding clasp hunter' has 2 clip blades. Unlike the Case model. DM
David do you carry the 317 in a belt sheath or pocket? The Kabar I have is pretty hefty. I often just put it in the pocket of my M65 field jacket.
I use some Browning-based shotguns myself: the Franchi 48 AL. I have two of the "Deluxe" models; one in 28ga. and one in 20ga. They each weigh just under 5.5 lbs.
David, I would have called that blade a "skinning blade" but you have shown it to be a Turkish style Clip blade. Of course among hunters the terms used for blade shapes are much wider and less precise than among knife collectors. I would have called that blade a skinning blade until today. As long as we are posting pictures rabbits, shotguns, and Buck Knives, here is an old one from several years back - 16 Ga Model 12 pump from 1948 and a Buck 307 Wrangler from about 1980. OH