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I'm seeking advice and opinions. A knife-making friend asked me what I was looking for in my next knife. Since I own many knives (mostly military) I really don't need any additional collector pieces. In fact, I am in the process of selling most of my collections. It's just time.

What I really want is something to be used for a camp knife; mostly skinning of small and medium game and as a small utility knife for the field. Don't think I like the idea of a 'gut hook' however, to be fair, I've never used one. I'm thinking of a fixed blade of no more than 4" in a drop point, but not sure if this style is best for my purposes.

When I check out the internet I find so many conflicting recommendations, I stopped looking there (even though I know that if it's on the web it must be true, right?). I have gutted and skinned deer, antelope, squirrels, rabbits, but always with whatever knife I had handy at the time.

How about feedback from those knowledgeable about this type of knife. Blade style, material (carbon or stainless steel), grind type and anything else that is relevant. Since he makes knives, I think he may be flexible in a creation that fits my requests.

Thanks!

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I like the Ruana 10B Skinner. The blade is 3 1/2, a good overall skinner knife.

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