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#121815 - 03/04/07 11:03 PM hook blades for skinning
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Who all uses a hook blade in a utility knife to make the opening cuts on critters?

I started using one last season and I've been kicking myself ever since for not trying it sooner. I used it on coon, mink, fox, beaver, possum, and coyotes. I can't believe how well or how easy it works. It stays sharp too after over 200 critters I'm still using the same blade, although I turned it around after 150 or so. If you guys haven't tried it, you should.

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#121817 - 03/04/07 11:06 PM Re: hook blades for skinning [Re: ]
M. Howard Offline
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Registered: 12/24/06
Posts: 4784
Loc: Louisiana
Well then, how about catfish skining pliers for pulling the fur once you have opened it up? How many of yall do that? While we are kicking ourselfs, I been kicking myself for not thinking of it sooner. It sure save the fingers.
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#121820 - 03/04/07 11:11 PM Re: hook blades for skinning [Re: M. Howard]
SNIPERBBB Offline
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Registered: 12/26/06
Posts: 2165
Loc: Rodney,Ohio
Never tried the hook blade, Thought about it alot for beaver though lol.

I saw the catfish pliers trick on sullivan's fur handling video. Never tried t though due to lack of pliers.

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#121822 - 03/04/07 11:11 PM Re: hook blades for skinning [Re: M. Howard]
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I'll be using them next fall for sure Michael Howard!

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#121828 - 03/04/07 11:15 PM Re: hook blades for skinning [Re: ]
M. Howard Offline
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Loc: Louisiana
I never saw anyone use the pliers before me. I was working for my fur buyer last year and skinned 162 otter in a weekend. My fingers quite working about #40 and I could no long feel them at #60. I learned real fast, when production skinning, use every thing in your tool bag to work smarter not harder.
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#121833 - 03/04/07 11:22 PM Re: hook blades for skinning [Re: M. Howard]
Hunt_with_dogs Offline
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Registered: 03/03/07
Posts: 789
Loc: North East, MT
"Catfish skinning pliers"? Could someone please eloborate? and where can one buy them?

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#121847 - 03/04/07 11:48 PM Re: hook blades for skinning [Re: Hunt_with_dogs]
Vinke Offline
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Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 4345
Loc: pacific NW. WA.
I wwas a roofer for a lot of year.....i aint touching one of them blades ever again.....LOL
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#121849 - 03/04/07 11:53 PM Re: hook blades for skinning [Re: Vinke]
casey Offline
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Registered: 01/13/07
Posts: 82
Loc: N. E. AR
Originally Posted By: Vinke
I wwas a roofer for a lot of year.....i aint touching one of them blades ever again.....LOL


I know what you mean lol
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#121851 - 03/04/07 11:57 PM Re: hook blades for skinning [Re: Hunt_with_dogs]
casey Offline
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Registered: 01/13/07
Posts: 82
Loc: N. E. AR
Hunt with Dogs, catfish skinning pliars are used to grab and pull the slippery skin on catfish. They work good on other things too. they let you get a grip on the slippery stuff and you can pick a pair up at walmart i think.
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#121873 - 03/05/07 12:36 AM Re: hook blades for skinning [Re: casey]
dcampbell Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 1947
Loc: livingston Tx
i use that blade. amazing piece of equipment. i dont skin anything without it now. it does a number on the beaver. start at the lip and head right down the middle. quick and fast.

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#121909 - 03/05/07 05:24 AM Re: hook blades for skinning [Re: dcampbell]
PaMadTrapper Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 294
Loc: Chincoteague Island, VA
I use them too. I ain't sure if I like to do the opening cut with it or not though. I seemto cut too deep with it. I use it to cut around the ankles and it works great for splitting tails. I find that you have to back the blade out in the oppesite direction of the cut a few times in the tail cut. It fills up with fur and doesn'tcut too well, especially on reds.
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#121932 - 03/05/07 05:55 AM Re: hook blades for skinning [Re: PaMadTrapper]
conejo Offline
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Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 979
Loc: northeast ks
yep, started using them this year, works great
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#121962 - 03/05/07 06:36 AM Re: hook blades for skinning [Re: TexA 68 & going]
mickeysdad Offline
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Registered: 02/26/07
Posts: 1007
Loc: Pine Haven, Wyoming, USA
I use a blade like that for skinning hogs. We score the skin in 3 in wide strips and then pull it off with vice grips. I never tried them on fur.
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#121985 - 03/05/07 07:03 AM Re: hook blades for skinning [Re: mickeysdad]
Dale Torma Offline
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Registered: 02/02/07
Posts: 992
Loc: Northern MN
I use a hook blade when opening beaver, it saves a couple of minutes for sure, you have to be a little careful around the castors though.

I used them on fox and coyote too, I havn't tried the pliers though. I also use a large long handled pruner for lopping beaver and other feet off. I quickly ring them with a very sharp knife, then lopp them off.

Now I need a speed tool for fleshing beavers, ever try a grizzle getter?

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#121997 - 03/05/07 07:10 AM Re: hook blades for skinning [Re: Dale Torma]
j lord Offline
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Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 6796
Loc: Flatland TN
i tried a hook blade on beaver, i went too deep once and quit using them...uuuuggghhh!

i use catfish skinning pliers also. they are great for yote and otter.
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#122058 - 03/05/07 08:29 AM Re: hook blades for skinning [Re: j lord]
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Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 2727
Loc: rual retreat va. soon be 19
them hook blades split tails pretty good too
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#122065 - 03/05/07 08:38 AM Re: hook blades for skinning [Re: cotton]
Staner Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 264
Loc: Kentucky
The hook blades are the berries, and will open anything, including the side of your hand OUCH!!!!

Here's a tip for those who are just starting, and a reminder for the rest of us...always cut AWAY from your hand \:\)
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#122084 - 03/05/07 08:54 AM Re: hook blades for skinning [Re: Staner]
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Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 1092
Loc: East Tx
I use those hook blades to skin just about everything.
I also use skinning pliers but note that not all skinning pliers are created equal.
Spend the couple extra bucks and get the heavy duty stainless steel ones. You'll be glad you did.

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#122101 - 03/05/07 09:16 AM Re: hook blades for skinning [Re: Nutoy]
wheelers Offline

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Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 19423
Loc: Minnesota
I have used the hook blades. I think they work great.

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#122118 - 03/05/07 09:29 AM Re: hook blades for skinning [Re: wheelers]
Mississippi Offline
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Registered: 12/24/06
Posts: 486
Loc: Mississippi
I use the hook blades and think THERE GREAT! Jlord if you hold the blade more perpendicular to the animal it won't cut as deep. After you do a couple it becomes easy not to gut one.


Edited by Mississippi (03/05/07 09:30 AM)
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