"Kill kit" upgrade

DeepMauka

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Well, thanks to rokslide, getting my meat off the animal and into my freezer just got a whole lot easier. I've always preferred cleaning my animals with single sided razor blades, but it can sometimes wreck your finger. They always cut easier and faster than knives. Since reading up on here I found out about havalon knives. Those things are the best of both worlds! Super sharp, fast as razor blades, but it saves my index finger. Stoked. The other is I just got the new bomb tag bags in the mail. Any advantage to keeping the meat cool in our hot temperature is a plus. Can't wait to try them out this weekend.

Took a pic of the old vs new setup ImageUploadedByTapatalk1373757842.724594.jpg
The bags will be replacing my pillowcases.
 

todd kelly

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You will love the Havalon. With some practice you will be able to make one blade last a long time. Just remember, knives are for slicing and not prying,

What are the forceps for?
 

Jager

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You will love the Havalon. With some practice you will be able to make one blade last a long time. Just remember, knives are for slicing and not prying,

What are the forceps for?

Designer Cam Hanes sutures.
 

Buster

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My old scalpel kit is almost out of blades and can't get new ones, the havalon seem to be the answer. I usually use my knife when dismantling til I get to caping, then scalpel for the fine work. Is the havalon even a remote possibility as a substitute for a fixed blade for sheep/goat/deer sized game dismantling?

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Todd, I want a better look at that profile pic.
 

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Is the havalon even a remote possibility as a substitute for a fixed blade for sheep/goat/deer sized game dismantling?

Yup. The Havalon will dismantle an elk if you don't bend or twist the blade breaking down the quarters. As mentioned, don't pry, cut. I've never broken a blade taking an animal apart.

Havalon has a new knife (Piranta-Bolt Hunting & Skinning Knife) with a thicker A60 blade. But as I said, I've never broken a thin blade.

Scarey sharp though. Bad things can happen with a blade this sharp. I've heard one story about a knee that was ruined for life when a guy knelt down on a blade he set on the ground. If I'm not holding my knife in my hand, it's stuck in the ribcage of whatever I'm taking apart. It's highly visible there, safe and easy to grab as needed.
 

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Havalons will do a lot, but are not made to be torqued.

Below is my Bonnie & Clyde "go to" stuffs. Havalon Piranta and Cutco DD.

The Cutco can also be had in a folder.

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todd kelly

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My old scalpel kit is almost out of blades and can't get new ones, the havalon seem to be the answer. I usually use my knife when dismantling til I get to caping, then scalpel for the fine work. Is the havalon even a remote possibility as a substitute for a fixed blade for sheep/goat/deer sized game dismantling?

Sidenote,

Todd, I want a better look at that profile pic.


A Havalon is the only knife I use now. I have completely dressed out, caped, and quartered a moose with one blade. If your careful with them they will last a long time.

There are some better pics on this thread

http://www.rokslide.com/forums/showthread.php?290-Ram-porn/page2
 

todd kelly

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Haha, I'm not that beast mode :rolleyes:

It's to change blades on the havalon need bee

There pretty easy to change blades with your fingers, even when they are wet or greasy. Ive gone through over 200 blades between the field and my taxidermy work without any cuts changing blades. I'd pass on packing pliers just to change the blade unless you have another use for them.


There also great for the detail work as well.
 
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Buster

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Good to know, probably won't leave the good knife at home, but I'll really test out the havalon.
 

darcytribe

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OK Todd, I'm guessing that's a bear you are skinning but I took a double take. That looked like a human arm and hand at first glance! I've never seen a bear front quarter with no skin on it...
I'll be using a havalon this year for the first time, and hoping I get plenty of opportunities to put it through it's paces!

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There pretty easy to change blades with your fingers, even when they are wet or greasy. Ive gone through over 200 blades between the field and my taxidermy work without any cuts changing blades. I'd pass on packing pliers just to change the blade unless you have another use for them.


There also great for the detail work as well.

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DeepMauka

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Haha, for a second I thought someone finally found Sasquatch, and was takin him to the taxidermist.
 
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