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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-02-2018, 09:02 PM Thread Starter
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Fleshing knife advice

Are there any recommendations on the proper way to maintain/sharpen up your fleshing knife? I have a necker 600...
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I use a Necker, also.
First, keep edge cleaned. I'm guilty of not cleaning edge.
Dried fat along the edge will appear the edge is dull. Sometimes a good cleaning with a handy wipe will do the trick.

I do touch up sharp side with stone & steel, but not to often.
Holding sharp blade away from yourself, follow contour of curved blade. Maintain same bevel.
Not sure if this is correct, but the way I touch it up.
Hope others chime in.
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i have never sharpened mine , if its dull it still works good . but I'm no professional putting up fur by the hundreds like you guys !!
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dietsch, It's been a few years since I touched up a Necker. Last time was because of throwing it on table and hitting something, pure mishandling.
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Dietsch, that Post knife you picked up for me at the convention is still razor sharp.
Probably shaved a hundred coon necks with it if I'm lucky so I don't expect it to be dull really.
I've never seen a Necker come anywhere near as sharp from the factory as that Post. Those razor sharp knives just take a gentler hand.
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Dietsch, that Post knife you picked up for me at the convention is still razor sharp.
Probably shaved a hundred coon necks with it if I'm lucky so I don't expect it to be dull really.
I've never seen a Necker come anywhere near as sharp from the factory as that Post. Those razor sharp knives just take a gentler hand.
if memory serves me right that was lima ohio , nationals 2012 . glad to hear its still good , seems you also got a free mb-550 which I'm sure has worked well also !
I'm pretty sure the knife i use is a caribou , and i have good luck keeping that sharp , probably done a 100 or more beaver with it
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I've never sharpened mine. I'd probably do more harm than good messing with the edge.
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If you can get a hold of the beaver dvd nafa put out their is a guy that shows how to sharpen one.I just got a post fleshing knife and man is that thing sharp.
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Thanks for the advice guys....
Hern says... " keep edge cleaned" ... it took me four years to get that; now I keep a paper towel roll and wet wipes in my shed while skinning/fleshing. That help a lot.
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I use a Post and a Blue English fleshing knife, both are excellent in my opinion.

I've heard that the Necker 600 was a fantastic fleshing knife as well but never owned one to give an opinion. If you're doing beaver the ULU is a good bet as well.

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