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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-18-2019, 04:10 PM Thread Starter
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(although this is a knife question, it's directed toward those
that trap and use their pocketknives on their trap line - move it if
it's not appropriate for here. i don't remember seeing a post
about it here before )

for those that would carry a pocketknife on their trap line and
use mostly for trapping chores, what pocketknife do you carry
and use ?
i ask because a while back an older man that was a life long trapper
was talking to me, and we started discussing pocketknives, and
he mentioned that he'd carried a "trapper's" knife when he was
younger and trapping full time. i showed him what everyone sells
as a "trapper" pattern knife, but he says "no- that's not it"
i had a muskrat pattern knife and showed him that and he says
"yes- that's a trapper knife"

so what do you have and use and would consider as a "trapper" pocketknife ?

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I believe the muskrat pattern would be useful for smaller trapped animals. But I mostly trapped coyotes and bobcats when I lived out west and I used a trapper pattern knife. It worked well for the larger animals.

I also carried a stockman pocketknife and have used that for skinning game. I donít believe it makes that much difference. Just use a small sharp knife and they all work.

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. . . .I donít believe it makes that much difference. Just use a small sharp knife and they all work.
yessir. very true. i'm fairly loathe to use pocket knives for any bloody chores
unless i'm far afield from house or vehicle to where i can use proper butchering tools.
i've cleaned more than a few animals with smaller knives (not trapped animals)
and it's more of a chore for me than i care for. of course, when you're dressing
an animal with the goal of a nice pelt it puts everything in a different light.
you have to be more meticulous than if your goal is to get the meat into freezer
bags as quick as possible.

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-24-2019, 10:01 AM
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Yes, most any sharp knife will do the job. I prefer a small, thin bladed fixed blade. I hate the potential for any folding blade that doesn't lock, to close at the wrong time. I am older now with a pretty good case of Arthritis. I function fine, but no longer with the dexterity I once had. So its a locked folder or a fixed blade for me.
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For me I find a knife I would and do carry on the line to be very different from the one(s) I use in the fur shed. Many times all I have on the line is an exacto type knife or a lower end leatherman type knife which I use for various applications. If I were going to skin on the line I would have a knife kit for my furshed knives in my truck and my skinning rig for outdoor usage. I do less and less of the online skinning each year. I do a lot of water trapping and much of my fur is too wet to handle until I get home to dry, be that rats, coons or mink.

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don't use a knife without a lock blade. word to the wise.
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