I really like Havalon knives. Saw them first used in Utah while on a hunt some years ago.Skinned a lot of moose with them in Newfoundland . I ran one through my thumb last year cutting windpipe inside a deer's chest. Wasn't the knife's fault.
Here's my method: Get some 400, 600, 1000 and 1500 grit sandpaper. Fix it to the top of an old mousepad and gently drag your blade towards the spine and down. You don't need more pressure than the weight of your knife. After you're done sharpening at 1000 or 1500 grit, use a leather strop loaded with some kind of stropping compound to get it hair popping sharp.
Havalon for gutting and skinning. For boning and/or skinning a Victorinox flex blade 6". Both can be purchased from Cabela's. Those Dexter knife are a good option as well. I've skinned a pile of critter with them as well.
Don't forget the custom makers out there. You will find a lot of folks that make high quality knives, if you are looking for a heirloom, look for a knife maker in your area you may be amazed what you find