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#3825551 - 06/01/13 08:49 AM Draw Knife for Fleshing
Cole W. Offline
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Registered: 11/09/12
Loc: Gilbertsville PA
Me and my pops always go to this flea market on the weekends and theres always these oldtimers selling tools. Last time we were there i saw a table full of draw knives and was wondering if i could use one as a flesher. Would it work well? How should i dull it if needed without wrecking the knife?
Thanks guys
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#3825566 - 06/01/13 09:00 AM Re: Draw Knife for Fleshing [Re: Cole W.]
Creek Rat Offline
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Registered: 08/22/11
Loc: Peoria, Illinois
Maybe but pushing fat down on a beam is probably easier than trying to pull it toward you?
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#3825569 - 06/01/13 09:03 AM Re: Draw Knife for Fleshing [Re: Cole W.]
Cole W. Offline
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Registered: 11/09/12
Loc: Gilbertsville PA
Well i aint even got a beam yet haha i guess i would have to sit on the opposite side of it huh
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#3825595 - 06/01/13 09:17 AM Re: Draw Knife for Fleshing [Re: Cole W.]
trapper les Offline
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Registered: 03/06/11
Loc: williams,mn
I use a old drawknife for fleshin otter,and starting coon,all the time.I've peeled lots of cedar for post and beam work with it too.Its almost too sharp.

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#3825642 - 06/01/13 09:45 AM Re: Draw Knife for Fleshing [Re: Cole W.]
trapper les Offline
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Registered: 03/06/11
Loc: williams,mn

works alright.

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#3825806 - 06/01/13 11:30 AM Re: Draw Knife for Fleshing [Re: Cole W.]
Don Adams Online   content
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Registered: 12/23/06
Loc: Ohio
If you had a vertical beam - it might be ok, but they are supposed to be really sharp. I have one from when I built self bows. It can take a lot of wood off and I have used it for scraping the wood when chasing a growth ring.

I'm not sure if you would want to use it below the shoulders on a coon.

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#3825824 - 06/01/13 11:41 AM Re: Draw Knife for Fleshing [Re: Cole W.]
bfflobo Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Loc: Central Oregon 63
I have several types of fleshing knives but have used a draw knife like the one pictured for 40 years. Started out with it because it was all I had and didn't know any better. Still one of my favorites. Use it kind of sharp/kind of dull for coyotes and cats. It was an old tool when I was a kid. Used it a lot on woodworking projects then moved it into the fur shed. Must be a hundred years old. No doubt it will out last me.
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#3825837 - 06/01/13 11:49 AM Re: Draw Knife for Fleshing [Re: Cole W.]
HobbieTrapper Offline
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Registered: 12/01/08
Loc: Eastern Shore of Maryland
It'll work.

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#3825848 - 06/01/13 11:54 AM Re: Draw Knife for Fleshing [Re: Cole W.]
jk Offline
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Registered: 12/27/06
Loc: Williamsport, Pa.
Works for me......jk
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#3826703 - 06/01/13 11:13 PM Re: Draw Knife for Fleshing [Re: Cole W.]
Kirk Offline
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Registered: 05/19/08
Loc: louisiana
that is what I learned with the fur buyer down here still ususes just them to for his workers to flesh all the critters he buy with
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#3826772 - 06/02/13 04:46 AM Re: Draw Knife for Fleshing [Re: Cole W.]
DaveP Offline
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Registered: 01/23/07
Loc: MD
I use one on beaver and otter.
just what I got used to.

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#3826899 - 06/02/13 07:37 AM Re: Draw Knife for Fleshing [Re: Cole W.]
gryhkl Offline
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Registered: 01/21/09
Loc: PA
I used one for the first few years. I propped a wooden strecher against our basement wall and pulled the fat down. Pushing on a beam is much easier

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#3826910 - 06/02/13 07:48 AM Re: Draw Knife for Fleshing [Re: Cole W.]
Archer156 Offline
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Registered: 01/28/12
Loc: Vernon, Texas
It's what I have and have used it for two years now and have gotten use to it and I have some good looking coons to show for it! It's older than my dad and it was his uncle's when he was a kid and my dad is 73 so it is well over 100 years old!


Edited by Archer156 (06/02/13 07:50 AM)
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#3826924 - 06/02/13 08:00 AM Re: Draw Knife for Fleshing [Re: trapper les]
trapper les Offline
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Registered: 03/06/11
Loc: williams,mn
Originally Posted By: trapper les

works alright.
The handles are wrong for pushing ,yet I've gotten use to a push style beam,or pull,and I have a duller one in a different style "coons below the shoulder".I clean skin beaver so I dont need it there.I have a few of those old peelers.

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#3826955 - 06/02/13 08:15 AM Re: Draw Knife for Fleshing [Re: Cole W.]
gryhkl Offline
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Registered: 01/21/09
Loc: PA
I don't use the draw knife for pushing on the beam. I have a fleshing knife and made my beam to fit the curve of the inside of the knife. My post above does sound like I still use the draw knife.

BTW, a draw knife is a good tool for making your fleshing beam. I have several and they are great tools, especially if you make yourself a shaving horse.

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