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Boning Knife For Deer Hunting
In my opinion, the best boning knife for deer has a slim but strong stainless blade that is rigid and slightly curved to a sharpened spear point.
This Victorinox Boning Knife is the best option I’ve found on Amazon, it is very cheap with 5 blade types to choose from. I recommend the Straight Stiff Blade…
The boning knife I have used for years is this yellow handle knife in the photo, it has a rigid 6″ long blade from German Stainless Steel, it is durable, comfortable in the hand, light, and fast in use.
I always carry this boning knife and my Swingblade in my daypack whenever I am hunting.
That’s all you need for deer hunting.
I prefer stainless steel knives, as they are made to handle hard use, much more so than carbon blades.
High-Carbon Boning Knives
But you can buy very good high-carbon boning knives – I list several high-carbon knives in the comparison chart, keep in mind they do require a bit more maintenance than stainless if you use them in the field…
How To Maintain High-Carbon Blades
After Use, give the knife a quick clean in warm water and dry carefully with a clean cloth – don’t use the dishwasher!
Apply a light covering of vaseline to the tang and blade, this will stop most high-carbon blades from rusting if you store them in a dry place.
Never Store High Carbon Or Stainless Knives In Damp Sheaths!
7 Boning Knives – Compared
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|5″ Walnut Boning Knife|
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|5.5″ Boning Knife|
What is a boning knife?
Boning Knife Uses
Boning Knives are normally used to remove meat from the bone, though they are not limited to this.
A good boning knife is versatile, they make great hunting knives, as well as cleaning deer in the field, they excel at general butchering at home, or even kitchen use, cutting and dicing food products of all types.
You will find a variety of blade sizes [5.5″ to 6″] is common, with several blade types, straight or curved, as well as flexible, semi-flexible, to quite rigid. or any combination of these… I go for rigid, straight, stainless around 6″
Choosing the right boning knife is easier if you know what you will use the knife for…
Flexible Boning Knives with curved blades, I would recommend for more delicate cuts when processing small game like ducks, turkeys, chickens or fish.
Less Flexible Boning Knives, similar to the one I use is great for processing deer, they have straight rigid blades that are suitable for heavier deboning work, like deer or elk.
All boning knives will have a sharpened spear point for easy maneuvering of the blade as it slides along the bone.
The Boning Knife I Use For Deer
I have found this rigid 6″ blade to be the best boning knife for cutting up deer or sticking and processing pigs.
It has 4 key features…
- 6″ strong rigid blade.
- durable plastic handle.
- curved thin blade with a spear point.
- German stainless steel.
The rigid blade is what makes the difference when butchering deer, it easily copes with heavy cuts like leg joints or pelvis, as well it can work fine for the more delicate deboning when needed.
Thinner flexible blades wouldn’t last long with my style of hunting, they break if used too rough, they are more suited to smaller game animals, fish, and general home butchering work…
Best Boning Knife For Deer
I wouldn’t expect to win any awards for looks, with this cheap-looking boning knife with its ugly plastic yellow handle…
Though I really like this knife, it is made with very nice German Steel that holds a working edge, it is easy to resharpen no-fuss stainless, so easy to maintain… without a doubt it is the most useful of the 3 hunting knives I currently own.
My Favorite Boning Knife
Whether I’m breaking down a deer in the field or butchering the meat at home, It’s the knife I reach for the most.
It is also a good blade size and weight for general food preparation, I have used it for removing the bones of poultry, small game, and even filleting fish occasionally.
The slim, 6″ blade makes it is easy to maneuver – while you remove meat from the bone with minimal waste…
Of course, this is exactly what a boning knife is designed to do.
Boning Knife v’s Fillet Knife
Boning Knives are popular with hunters, If you want to own a good boning knife – Victorinox, produces a solid range of well priced boning knives, they are well suited to butchering and deboning all types of game animals, small or large, quickly and efficiently with minimal waste.
A boning knife is not limited to a professional butcher, you will often see them used by hunters in the field processing their kill, or at home preparing meat for the freezer.
6 to 7″ In Blade Length
The usual blade length is 6″ but can be as long as 7″ though I prefer a straight 6″ rigid blade, for deer hunting, a boning blade is normally flat with a straight and slightly curved tip, the tip is sharpened.
This allows for precise cutting, whether cutting through ligaments and connective tissue, removing meat from heavy bones, or occasionally filleting fish.
Boning knives tend to have thicker, shorter, and less flexible blades than specialist fillet knives.
Fillet Knives tend to be thinner and more flexible than boning knives, with a longer blade ranging from 5″ to 9″ They with a prominent upward curve along the blade and a sharply curved tip.
As most filleting blades are very thin and flexible you will find they are not as strong as a good rigid boning knife, this makes the fillet knife unsuitable for heavier work like breaking down and deboning a deer.
In a pinch, I could fillet a fish with my boning knife, but I would not like to bone out a deer with a fillet knife.
However, the more flexible fillet knife is very well suited to filleting and skinning fish, in skilled hands it quickly removes the edible fillets, without leaving to much flesh on the bone.
The best boning knife for deer would have a 6″ stainless blade, straight or slightly curved to a sharpened point, the blade would be rigid have a plastic or wooden handle and cost very little to buy or replace if lost!
The Boning Knives I recommend due to their price, excellent value, and quality is this range of Victorinox Boning Knives