Tell us a knife story. First knife, lost knife, best loved knife, shouldn't of sold that one, best trapping, field dressing, etc..... knife. You get the gist. Everybody has a knife story or three.
Oh, I've cut myself a bunch! Just did it on that Alaskan moose hunt... and, all I was trying to do was clean the blade after we were all done with one of those bulls. But, it wasn't serious. Just an irritating slice on the tip of my thumb that bugged me for a few days.Oh cmon....so none of you guys have cut yourself while processing an animal? Thats a crock. Too embarrassed to tell, eh?
Heck, guys like Zane, RJ and 5Miles have killed so many animals they are probably lucky if they still have 10 fingers- grin
When I first started hog hunting with dogs, a friend Tony Fernandez showed me how to gut a hog in one minute. I've since showed a few guys that technique...and 2 went on to cut themselves pretty good trying to go too fast. Fast and animal processing [not the best idea]....someone has done it.
^Yeah, I've used all kinds on different knives inc the Havalons....I like a knife as you described too.I honestly can't recall cutting myself while either field-dressing, skinning or cutting up an animal, (other than small nicks which seem to be caused by contact with shattered bone more often than knife steel.)
But part of that may be due to how I've always chosen my hunting knives.
The handle must be large enough to grip without cramping, and of oval (or even slightly square), in cross-section to prevent twisting in the hand.
Drop point in line with the centerline of the grip, and a small hilt or at least a projection on the grip to keep the hand from sliding onto the blade.
I know it's considered kind of the sign of a greenhorn, but I've always liked the somewhat longer/larger blades.
I have used the little "bird and trout" knives on big game; you can keep them.