I have done several dozen deer, piles of rabbit, geese and dove (smaller piles of those LOL)........with an old blade a bud's dad gave me when I got my first deer. The handle was jacked, but the blade very good (kit of some sort he did).
Looked like a Buck "Kalinga".
Married and poor, I redid it at work. Made the brass guard from a block, using only a file.......and glued the oak floor pcs on for a handle (pockets behind, act as bling rivets). Special adhesive our development engineer had as a sample. Wood and stuff degreased baked out, then glued up.
That was in 1990.
Still going strong. Wish blade was .5" longer, as it'd help the look.
Shot bows with a guy yrs ago, he makes knives now. Bought one of his, Jeff White "Bush 3". Did my deer last yr with it.
Handle a little straighter than I like, usable. Need to have him make me a blade so I can do a stag handle.
If I scrape the cash together, local shop carries Behring made knives. I don't see the old school Sambar hunter listed anymore, but will have the shop get ahold of Behring and see if they'd build me one.
Anyway, here's the Jeff White.[IMG]