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Havalon #6724447
01/11/20 09:34 AM
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Minnesota
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My Doc. whome I took trapping gave me this knife.

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Its Sharp ....because its a scalpel. Good for certain areas of skinning...but I still find myself grabbing my Favorite skinner knives for a lot.

Have you used one?


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Re: Havalon [Re: 330-Trapper] #6724450
01/11/20 09:36 AM
01/11/20 09:36 AM
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thinkin about it,let me know what you think.


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Re: Havalon [Re: 330-Trapper] #6724469
01/11/20 09:44 AM
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I have one. I love it, mostly because I don't like sharpening knives. It seems like the blades get dull fast, one lasts 4-5 coons, but I tend to run it over the bone in the skull, so, that doesn't help. I suppose it could probably be touched up and last a lot longer, but I just snap in a new blade. Other than that, no complaints.

Re: Havalon [Re: 330-Trapper] #6724471
01/11/20 09:45 AM
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North, MS
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Got one for Christmas. Never looking back. It has become my work horse and blades touch up nice with F Dick smooth steel. Saves me a ton of time. After 15 years of handling fur wish I had gotten one long ago. Never was much of a believer.


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Re: Havalon [Re: 330-Trapper] #6724476
01/11/20 09:48 AM
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I got one for Christmas for deer hunting. I love mine, use if for skinning, Coyotes, rats, deer. Would not change back.

Re: Havalon [Re: 330-Trapper] #6724478
01/11/20 09:48 AM
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Get a boss dog handle for skinning if you drop that Havalon the handles will chip. It takes some getting used to but thatís all I use now for skinning. That would be great for skinning in the field but then the cut you might get could be a problem maybe.

I had a black and a orange one but they ran off it seems.


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Re: Havalon [Re: 330-Trapper] #6724479
01/11/20 09:49 AM
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West Michigan
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Kids got me one. Ended up needing stitches during Deer season. Cut me to the bone in a finger quicker than I knew what happened.


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Re: Havalon [Re: 330-Trapper] #6724483
01/11/20 09:50 AM
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Best knife I've found for making your opening cuts. I use a different knife for ringing the legs and yes one pass
Across bone will dull them fast.


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Re: Havalon [Re: 330-Trapper] #6724487
01/11/20 09:52 AM
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If I use one I'll have holes all over the hide, it like my knife sorta sharp, but not razor sharp

Re: Havalon [Re: 330-Trapper] #6724491
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I have one and love it. It's all I use for skinning.


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Re: Havalon [Re: 330-Trapper] #6724493
01/11/20 09:58 AM
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I have one and It has It's uses. And a quick couple of passes over your steel will sharpen It up. But I still use my hooked bladed box cutter to make opening cuts. You don't have to worry about cutting yourself and It's good for 20 or so critters . Then turn the blade around and do 20 more


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Re: Havalon [Re: The Beav] #6724512
01/11/20 10:12 AM
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I've always looked at them, but stayed away because of how sharp they are. I have a knack for cutting myself. Then again, a dull knife can cause a cut because you're placing more force on it. To bring an edge back, try gluing cork to a flat piece of wood about 3 inches square. Rub a polishing compound into the cork. Draw the blade across it a couple times. It works great for wood chisels.

Re: Havalon [Re: 330-Trapper] #6724534
01/11/20 10:28 AM
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I got one free this year when I renewed my RMEF membership. I still prefer a good knife, but they have their place. I really like them for fine trimming off skulls for boiling.


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Re: Havalon [Re: 330-Trapper] #6724541
01/11/20 10:33 AM
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I think the trick to keeping a knife sharp is do not let it get flat dull. I keep a steel handy and run the knife over the steel regularly. I am the only one that sharpens my knifes because I always use the same angle. But this knife looks good but how much are the new blades running. JMO

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Re: Havalon [Re: 330-Trapper] #6724569
01/11/20 10:58 AM
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I like the replaceable blade knifes from outdoor edge
Carry one everyday with the pocket clip. Did all the feild work on my wifes elk this year with one blade. Only other knife used was a good buck knife when i broke the leg joints.

Re: Havalon [Re: dirtydogtrapping] #6724571
01/11/20 11:02 AM
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Originally Posted by dirtydogtrapping
Best knife I've found for making your opening cuts. I use a different knife for ringing the legs and yes one pass
Across bone will dull them fast.

Thats what I do also


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Re: Havalon [Re: 330-Trapper] #6724624
01/11/20 11:58 AM
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I hated them! They do not suit my style of skinning at all. I don't take time to worry about cutting into the skull a little or cutting through hair. I couldn't get through one coon before the blade was dull.

Use a hooked blade utility knife for your opening cuts, WAY better than any straight blade knife. Get these for coons and beaver they have the right sized hooks ... https://www.harborfreight.com/pack-of-5-utility-knife-hook-blades-37557.html and get these for your k9's and cats ... https://www.amazon.com/SEPTLS680119...mp;psc=1&refRID=JJ9VGSVZ8VPA3A03A6BN One blade will easily open 1000 critters!

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Re: Havalon [Re: 330-Trapper] #6724639
01/11/20 12:09 PM
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I love my Havalon, and it gets a lot of use, but it's not the only knife I use.


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Re: Havalon [Re: 330-Trapper] #6724646
01/11/20 12:16 PM
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I use mine for head and feet work when I'm doing a taxi prep on certain critters. I laugh at the idea of skinning a beaver with one!


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Re: Havalon [Re: 330-Trapper] #6724647
01/11/20 12:17 PM
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southern oregon cascades
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I can't see how pulling a hook blade down the color line could be easy.
Opposed to using the end of your finger to guide the blade up it. Specifically for the Nevada stretch on cat's.


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