My hunting knife carry has evolved over the years. When I lived in the territory, I relied on a pair of Filicietti hand-forged custom knives. I used them extensively for butchering buffalo and wild cattle. Until recently, I continued to use these for my deer hunting. However, currently I carry three Moraknivs in my hunting backpack.
The smaller sized Morakniv blades proved to be a little more manoeuvrable when boning out the prime venison cuts in the paddock. One knife is dedicated to skinning duties while its twin is used for cutting the meat. I also have a short, serrated blade Morakniv that has proven to be excellent for the jointing of deer legs.
These Moraknivs are excellent to use, sharpen well and hold a good edge. The price of these knives is near on ridiculously cheap as well and bares no resemblance to their utility and quality.
Lately, I have taken to wearing a utility belt when hunting. Based on an old army-issue belt from an ex-army buddy, I have a small water bottle, ammo pouch, camera pouch and knife on this belt. I can clip it on in a split second and be ready to hunt. It is better than wearing all that gear on my trousers belt, leaving me unencumbered around camp and when getting in and out of vehicles.
The knife on my utility belt is a survival style Bowie blade. After a few close encounters with boar during my hunting of wild dogs, it became obvious that it would be sensible for me to carry such a knife when I was not meat hunting, as a back-up if needed.
At home, when processing the venison into meal-sized packages, I use a couple of Victorinox butchers knives. One is an old wooden-handled knife that my Dad used back in the 1970s and the other is a short-bladed, plastic handled modern version.
I have a standardised way of sharpening these knives, but I will leave that for a separate blog post, in the near future.
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