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Another fleshing knife post #1020619
12/01/08 02:50 PM
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I dont know whats going on. I fleshed 4 coon today and I put holes in all of them. Last year the furbuyer complimented me on how well all my fur was put up, no holes. This year all holes. Im getting very fed up. I tried to sharpen my $15.00 knife so it would have a sharp and dull side, but it didnt help. Im thinking of getting a new knife and making a PVC beam. What is a good knife for the money? I looked through the archives and see that everyone has their own oppinion. What do you all think I should do?

Re: Another fleshing knife post [Re: PAFOXTRAPPER55] #1020633
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It takes me 15 or 20 mins to do 1. I'm not fast and my back sore after I do 3. Take your time.

Re: Another fleshing knife post [Re: Deer Lane] #1020643
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Blue English Fleshing Knife, ,Vertical beam you pull and do not push like a horizontal beam , fast and easy on the back .. I can flesh a coon in 10 minutes.

Re: Another fleshing knife post [Re: Towandatrapper] #1020654
12/01/08 03:23 PM
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A Nice and doesn't cost an arm and a leg is the necker 600 which Im using this year and like it a lot they have the blunt side as well as some what a sharp side as you put it .
they run 55 to 65 bucks and then you can get a 700 necker which is a good knife this aldepends on how much you care to spend but don't go cheap cheap as the old saying goes you get what you pay for . I have a Question do you comb your fur before you skin . Thanks D.B


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Re: Another fleshing knife post [Re: DannelBoone] #1020673
12/01/08 03:36 PM
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I ran into the same problem this year when I first started. I cut a few holes in the pelts. It took me about 15 coons to get back in the grove. I use a old draw knife for fleshing. I take my dimond stone and run down it at a 90* angle to dull the edge but but to make a corners. If you looked at my fleshing blade under a microscope it would look like this [. The leading edge is not pointed like this < but rather squared off like [. I have found that when you use very little psi and move the knife side to side across the pelt, you will slice the heavy grisle off very easy. I have used three different types of knives and I still come back to the old draw knife as it is the easiest for me.

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Re: Another fleshing knife post [Re: M. Howard] #1020692
12/01/08 03:47 PM
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I would think you're knife is still too sharp. Try really working the edge of with a coarse stone. The shape of the beam is also important. I like a gradual curve to the entire face.

Re: Another fleshing knife post [Re: Mystic Wildlife] #1021019
12/01/08 06:45 PM
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I'm 51, been trapping since I was
8 or 10. I still use a draw knife.
I do have a few. One is sharp, very
sharp. Another is quite dull. Sharp
for lean meat and gristle, dull for
fat. My fleshing beam is 30 years
old. Made of a cypress 2X6, barely
rounded. Maybe 1/2 inch convex in 6
inches of width. Patience is a virtue.
Make sure your hide has no cuckleburrs,
knotts or mud. A comb is good. Patience!


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Re: Another fleshing knife post [Re: David Underwood] #1022195
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I usually dont comb out coon before I flesh them, I also think that my knife is still too sharp. Im going to try the 90 degree thing, it seems like a good idea. Thanks, for now Im goin to just have to take my time more I guess

Re: Another fleshing knife post [Re: PAFOXTRAPPER55] #1022200
12/02/08 10:17 AM
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You should always comb your coon before you scrape them. That is part of your problem. If the fir is even matted or twisted a bit, it can cause a hole. I never let one of my helpers scrape before combing.

Re: Another fleshing knife post [Re: don Wolf] #1022214
12/02/08 10:35 AM
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I use a Necker 600, its nice because all you need to do is flip the knife if you get into a little gristle. Don is right, you should comb your furs before you flesh them. You will be suprised the difference. Also your fur buyers will like the furs better if they aren't all matted up.

Re: Another fleshing knife post [Re: M. Howard] #1022241
12/02/08 11:08 AM
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Originally Posted By: M. Howard





Must be nice to work fur OUTSIDE up here I am walking threw snow drifts in heavy carharts just to get to the heated fur shed !!


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Re: Another fleshing knife post [Re: 1st RiverRat] #1022400
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I will comb out the buyers window, the next one I get Ill make sure its dry and well combed before I scrape it.
thanks

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