The Best Knives for Skinning Various Types of Game

What are some of the best knives for skinning?

In this article, we will be talking about some of the best knives for skinning. As a hunter, it is essential to have the right knife for skinning your game. First of all, the knife you have has to be very sharp, in order to skin properly. In order to find the best knives for skinning, there are a few things to consider:

  • There are many types to choose from
  • Choosing the correct one
  • The best knives to choose from

Here are just a few examples:

Havalon Piranta Edge :

Outdoor Edge Swingblade SB-10N :

Ka-bar 2-1234-5 Game Hook :

There are Three Types of Skinning Knives:

  • Folding knives are compact and make it perfect for skinning fast
  • Fixed- blades are what most folks use, because they tend to be a bit larger
  • Gut hooks are special knives that are used for cutting the abdomen out quickly, without cutting the organs to pieces.

These are the main types of knives for skinning. They also make a hybrid type, which can be a folding gut hook.

So, we have covered your basic skinning knives and the different types. Now let’s focus on how to choose the right knife for you.

Choosing the right knife for you:

Knowing how to choose the right knife depends on what kind of game you are skinning. For example, a deer skinning knife, is a little different from a knife used for skinning squirrels.

A good skinning knife should have a comfortable grip, and may, or may not, have a curved or a straight blade. Above all, your knife must have and maintain a sharp blade.

I personally, for example, would use a Buck Knife. They are a little more expensive, but are well worth it for a high quality knife.

My Top 5 Picks:

  1. Buck Knives 0103 Skinner Knife Fixed- Blade Knife with Leather Sheath
  2. Benchmade 15001-2 Saddle Mountain Skinner

  3. CRKT K700KXP Ken Onion Skinner

  4. Meyerco Mossberg MO2PCBN 2- piece Set

  5. Outdoor Edge Swingblade SB- 10N Skinning/ Gutting Knife
Buck 0103 skinner – fixed blade

The legendary Buck Knife Company needs no introduction. These knives are my number one pick for the best knives for skinning. Even there name kind of says it all, If you have never owned one, well you don’t know what you are missing. My advice would be to buy one and try one.

Benchmade 15001 – 2 Saddle Mtn Skinner

As seen above this Benchmade knife is a prime example of your basic skinning knife. It’s a clip point style and is extremely sharp. This blade is made from CPM- 530V Premium stainless steel. Which gives the knife an extremely retentive blade as well as a corrosion free blade. With its beautifully crafted dymanwood handle, it comes with a leather sheath. It has been said that the sheath is sometimes too tight for the knife.

Next up is theĀ CRKT K700 KXP Ken Onion Skinner:

Now this is an excellent choice. Colombian River Knife and Tool knives are well- known for there sharpness, as well as durability and quality. The knife has a double injected molded handle, and a three- quarter tang, as well as a black leather sheath. This knife is very light and it weighs only 3.7 oz. Many folks are praising the knife for its size and comfortable grip. Moving on is an excellent choice too.

Meyerco Mossberg M02PCBN 2 pc Set:

In fourth place, we have a set that holds an edge for a long time, as a result you can use them more in between sharpening. A very nice looking set with genuine bone handles. One thing to keep in mind is these knives are somewhat smaller. Preferably not to be used for someone with small hands.

And lastly, is the Outdoor Edge Swingblade SB – 10N Skinning / Gutting Knife:

This one is a hybrid knife with a rotating blade for both skinning and gutting. With a simple push of a button, this knife will go from a skinner to a gutting knife. Equipped with a non-slip grip, rubberized handle, this one comes with a durable nylon belt sheath.

Well, that concludes this article, I hope you found this helpful. Remember don’t forget to drop me a comment down below.

Take Care All,
Kenneth Runnels,



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