I have a bunch of knives that all get use. Only one has a gut hook and it is the Browning FDT or FTD. I like the gut hook and have NEVER heard or smelled the hiss and stank of a punctured stomach when using it.
I have 3 knives I use for gutting/skinning deer. One has a guy hook. I've used it twice (the gut hook) i learned the old fashion way with sticking two fingers in, spreading them apart and pulling up on the belly, then slicing between your fingers... I've never cut the stomach open while gutting that way. Generally do it that way beacuse it's just the way i learned it, and have no problem with it. Why fix something that ain't broke? oh, one time i did use the guy hook, it cut the hide, but not down through the inner "layer" and I ended up having to cut back through it the old fashion way anyway...
I recommend this one... you’ll need a basic knife to start the incision. but it’s as slick as opening a fish..with no cut guts.. I also recommend the BUTTOUT tool...
with those 2 items in your pack it’ll make field dressing a lot easier.. see links
I use a Carpet blade in a folding utility knife to gut and make all the initial cuts to skin a deer. The carpet blade is hooked like a gut hook blade and you can get a 5 pack of blades( really 10 because the hooks are on each end, just flip around when dull) and a cheap folding utility knife at a place like Harbor Freight for @ $15. I still carry and occasionally use a Buck-Lite folder that I have since I was 12 years old but I am afraid to lose it or forget it next to a gut pile. The cheap utility knives with those blades work extremely well and I won't lose any sleep if I lose one.
Now I know the proud tradition of a Father handing down or buying their child a hunting knife and I have done that with all 3 of my boys. They all have their first "good" knife but all 3 since carry the Utility/Carpet blade ones too.
Yes they are nice options for gut hooks, but most of the knives have larger blades or they are a second item to carry and I like a long slimmer blade for the [censored] work, so I have used a fixed blade Buck Pathfinder for many years. I like to travel light as possible so I only want to carry one knife that will do all.
The gut hooks work well, but I personally like my blades plain. I keep a utility knife with the carpet hook blades in my truck to help with skinning process; they work great and are cheap and razor sharp.
just get a regular knife you like gut hooks are nice but a pita to sharpen go get these for a gut hook it takes regular utility blades and once its not sharp change out the blade ive had one for about 6 years its great