I've used lots of knives on deer, but one I like for gutting is the folding Gerber Gator. The blade keeps an edge, and the handle is a rubbery material that fits my hand very well. It's very easy to control. The only small drawback is in cleaning it. The tallow from the deer tends to get into the checkering on the handle. Running it under hot water and using a brush takes care of that.
I have several knives from W.R. Case, and a C.R.K.T. that I like, among others. One I'd like to have is a Kingdom Knife. They're made in Vermont, and there might not be a better knife out there. On Thursday at the Eastern Sport & Outdoor Show in Harrisburg I met the guy who makes them. They're somewhat pricey (in the range of $300), but the quality is top notch. The steel (D2 in this case) and the tempering (a proprietary process in this case) are the big thing in a knife, but this brand also uses three angles on the edge. The website is www.kingdomknives.com
. I'd hate to lose one of these!
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