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Skinner

Discussion in 'Design' started by Griff, Aug 19, 2020.

  1. Griff

    Griff Active Member

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    Got my first commission for a dedicated skinning knife. I have 5/32 (4mm) A2 here and 3/16 (4.8 mm) W2. Just throwing it out there which would you use.

    Either way it will be hollow ground. Below is the initial design, please critique away!

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    Cheers,

    Griff.
     
  2. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    The blade shape will work well for skinning also the forward shape gives a good weight for light chopping. I have done a similar knife with an elongated blade and it was a nice chopper, skinning and fillet knife according to the customer.
     
  3. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    Looks good man. I am guessing the handle is about 4" long?

    I'd probably go with the A2 having more chromium and a little better stain resistance.
    https://knifesteelnerds.com/2019/04/22/a2-steel-history-and-properties/
    ...unless you are looking for a hamon.

    I have used 3/32" stock for skinners. 3/32" out the factory is usually over 0.10" when calipered. Some makers have a tendency to use thicker stock, even 1/4", not sure why. I guess it looks cool, but a fat spine doesn't do much for performance. Increases the primary bevel angles and makes the knife heavier than it needs to be. I hope that no-one will be hammering on a skinning knife, but you never know. ;)

    One avid hunter I work with loves his Wyoming knife. If you haven't seen one, Google it.

    Dan
     
  4. Griff

    Griff Active Member

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    Ha! What a Dilemma now lol...I also have 0.100” AEB-L here too! I think I’ll make one in A2 5/32, and one in the AEB-L then.

    Its 8” OAL with 4.25” handle Dan. I just got done profiling a prototype in wood, feels natural in-hand.

    Thanks for the input @John Noon and @dancom :beer::beer:
     
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  5. Scott Kozub

    Scott Kozub New Member

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    I like the hamon idea but if its a worker maybe not the best idea. I wonder how the blood would affect it. I would think AEBL would be a great choice for the toughness stain resistance and ability to take a nice edge. 62 hrc may provide decent edge retention while still being serviceable in the field.
     
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