Four professional game processors test four models below to evaluate their sharpness, grip, maneuverability, and durability.
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If you want to cleanly and efficiently remove the hide of a big-game animal, you need a skinning knife: a cutting tool that allows for a secure grip and has a relatively short, thin, and curved blade, to keep the tip from puncturing the hide or spearing the meat. Such blades need to be very sharp but also must hold an edge for a long time. We asked four professional game processors to test the four models below to evaluate their sharpness, grip, maneuverability, and durability.
Outdoor Edge SwingBlaze
The SwingBlaze is two blades in one—a drop-point skinner and a gutting knife that pivot around the handle. Bachmann praised its versatility and felt it provided the “best overall value.” It was sharp right out of the box, said Bixler, adding, “It’s a good, sturdy blade, and the rubberized handle provides a secure grip, even when wet.” Koehler liked the orange handle, which would be “easy to see if you left the knife on the ground when in the field.” He also said the knife was very rugged and versatile.