Whether you’re a trophy hunter or small game hunter skinning requires a sharp knife. When trophy hunting in particular, to remove the cape or skin I use a Gerber Vital Big Game Folder. This particular knife utilises disposable scalpel blades, which are extremely sharp. While the blades are available in a couple of lengths I prefer the full size ones for splitting lips ears and eyes as they allow you to get into hard to cape areas like around the eye sockets and around the coronets.
What makes this unit a little better than most is the fact that The Vital Big Game Folder by Gerber has one of the safest exchangeable blade systems I’ve seen. Featuring their Split Sec Technology, the unit offers a push-button set up that effectively allows you to remove the blade without the risk of cutting yourself. Other models I’ve tried are a lot more difficult, as you seem to have to lift the blade at its back edge and slide it forward, making them a little more dangerous to remove and replace.
Next it features a highly visible orange/black handle with grippy over-mould to keep you in control when things are a little messy. Add to this a black nylon pouch to house the Gerber Big Game Folder and spare blades. RRP around $85.00. Gerber also produce a fixed blade model and a large range of multi tools, folders and fixed blade knives. Ask for them at your local gun shop or visit www.winchesteraustralia.com.au