Re: fleshing knife
I've fleshed thousands of pelts with the cheap knives and is what I do the majority of them with now. That being said I have also tried about everything out there, minus a caribou and post. I will have both of those this year to try. The Sheffield stye for me was like fleshing with a broad sword, I could not get use to it. I like the MB knife about the best, it does take some getting use to as it is long but not near as heavy as the Sheffield style. Not knowing what amount of hides you do, I would say for the average trapper a Necker is about all you need, quality product and not crazy expensive.
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