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Re: Fleshing beaver [Re: payotetrapper] #6454078
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I just use stones and a leather strop.
A wet wheel to thin the blade originally, and a fine stone and a strop to keep razor sharp.
That's all you need.No need for expensive gimmicky stuff that wears away your blades.

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Re: Fleshing beaver [Re: Boco] #6454151
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Originally Posted by Boco
I just use stones and a leather strop.
A wet wheel to thin the blade originally, and a fine stone and a strop to keep razor sharp.
That's all you need.No need for expensive gimmicky stuff that wears away your blades.


I see some guys use those cutlery steels to sharpen their beaver knives but the only thing they do for me is to destroy my knife edge. I use stones and have strops as well but I was looking for something a little less involved while in the throws of fleshing. I don't like gimmicks, either.

Re: Fleshing beaver [Re: payotetrapper] #6454162
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I don't have a problem keeping razors razor sharp.

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Re: Fleshing beaver [Re: payotetrapper] #6454173
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Once you learn how to thin the blade,it just takes a few licks on the strop to get that razor edge back.Once the blade is thin all it takes is a few strokes on a fine stone to get it back strop ready again.

Re: Fleshing beaver [Re: Posco] #6454180
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Originally Posted by Posco
Originally Posted by Boco
I just use stones and a leather strop.
A wet wheel to thin the blade originally, and a fine stone and a strop to keep razor sharp.
That's all you need.No need for expensive gimmicky stuff that wears away your blades.


I see some guys use those cutlery steels to sharpen their beaver knives but the only thing they do for me is to destroy my knife edge. I use stones and have strops as well but I was looking for something a little less involved while in the throws of fleshing. I don't like gimmicks, either.


If using a steel is making your knife dull, you have one or two problems......1) poor quality steel; 2) Poor technique using the steel. Probably a combination of the two with the quality of the knife thrown in as #3.

I touched up my fleshing knife with a stone and strop after I finished up last season. Have not touched it with anything but a steel since.

Hundreds of thousands of butchers keep their knives working with a steel. It only takes a few seconds to straighten up the edge and right back to work.


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Re: Fleshing beaver [Re: Posco] #6454205
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Originally Posted by Posco
What are you guys using to sharpen your beaver knives? The peeler type. Any recommendations on specific steel and/or stones would be appreciated.

I got a FDick steel from Horn on here. Been a game changer for touch ups while skinning.


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Re: Fleshing beaver [Re: payotetrapper] #6454227
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It may be the chintzy steel I have, the only one I could find locally has striations along its length. I went back to my stone out of frustration. It works fine but is time-consuming.

Re: Fleshing beaver [Re: TrapperCarl78] #6454228
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Originally Posted by TrapperCarl78
Originally Posted by Posco
What are you guys using to sharpen your beaver knives? The peeler type. Any recommendations on specific steel and/or stones would be appreciated.

I got a FDick steel from Horn on here. Been a game changer for touch ups while skinning.


Can you point me to it?

Re: Fleshing beaver [Re: QuietButDeadly] #6454241
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Originally Posted by QuietButDeadly
If using a steel is making your knife dull, you have one or two problems......1) poor quality steel; 2) Poor technique using the steel.


Both likely suspects. I've watched videos of guys fleshing beaver and four to six passes on a steel and they're back in action.

Re: Fleshing beaver [Re: payotetrapper] #6454259
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Google F. Dick Steels

I use the 10" Packinghouse smooth polished steel and the 10" Fine Cut Round steel.

A little study on using steels will show that the better quality knives are better served using the smooth polished steels. Cheaper made lower quality knives, use the fine or regular cut steel.


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Re: Fleshing beaver [Re: QuietButDeadly] #6454368
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Originally Posted by QuietButDeadly
Google F. Dick Steels

I use the 10" Packinghouse smooth polished steel and the 10" Fine Cut Round steel.

A little study on using steels will show that the better quality knives are better served using the smooth polished steels. Cheaper made lower quality knives, use the fine or regular cut steel.


Thank you, I'll do just that.

Re: Fleshing beaver [Re: payotetrapper] #6454736
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Check out the beaver handling video on you tube under North American Wild Fur Shippers Council. Think it was titled the fur shed. Had great advice on sharpening knifes and fleshers, plus good all round videos.

Re: Fleshing beaver [Re: Saskfly] #6454862
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Originally Posted by Saskfly
Check out the beaver handling video on you tube under North American Wild Fur Shippers Council. Think it was titled the fur shed. Had great advice on sharpening knifes and fleshers, plus good all round videos.


Will do. Thanks.

Re: Fleshing beaver [Re: payotetrapper] #6454923
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Send Horn a PM he can hook you up. He also sells reworked Victorinox knives too. Fair Prices.


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Re: Fleshing beaver [Re: payotetrapper] #6455354
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cheap crappy knives I use a fine file and steel. My victornox a diamond hone and steel. My favorite skinning knife is a old metal pearing knife cheap metal that sharpens fast but hair dulls it fast, Two strokes on a medium cut steel it will shave again.


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Re: Fleshing beaver [Re: The Beav] #6458697
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Originally Posted by The Beav
The learning curve between clean skinning and beam fleshing Is pretty high.
I could never get the hang of clean skinning way to slow and tedious. And If you can't keep a knife sharp your bound to fail at It.
Those that can do It are true artists but It's not for every one.



I've got one I fleshed over my knee boarded right now and I'm quite pleased with the way it came out. I'm back to the stones for sharpening until I get a quality steel. I've got a larger beaver in the garage I need to get thawed for round two. I'll post up some pics with the finished product when I'm done.

Re: Fleshing beaver [Re: payotetrapper] #6459698
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Finding quality stones is no easy task nowadays. Found this just in case anyone is interested.

https://www.sharpeningsupplies.com/Hard-Translucent-Arkansas-Stone-in-Wooden-Box-P283C96.aspx

Re: Fleshing beaver [Re: payotetrapper] #6459782
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Thanks for the link Posco.
Can never have enough stones.People don't realize you need to dress the stones regularly also to keep them in top shape.

Re: Fleshing beaver [Re: Boco] #6459873
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Originally Posted by Boco
Thanks for the link Posco.
Can never have enough stones.People don't realize you need to dress the stones regularly also to keep them in top shape.


You know your stuff. I enjoy sharpening knives, it's a form of therapy for me. I'm never quite satisfied with an edge.

I pulled another frozen beaver out of the garage today and am hoping I can peel the hide off it tomorrow morning to have another go at fleshing over my knee. I'll let you know how I make out with it.

Re: Fleshing beaver [Re: payotetrapper] #6459879
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Fleshing over the knee is not much of a learning curve.It comes quite natural.After two or three you will have it down pat.The bigger ones are way easier to do that way than the smaller ones.
Smaller beaver that have been rough skinned can be easily scraped clean on the board with a one hand scraper.Just have to be careful not to rip it out at the nails around the more tender parts.

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