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Suggestions for a Skinning Knife?

Trying to remove the skin from a pork belly is a pain!  I think I need a curved skinning knife.  Any suggestions?  Thanks in advance.

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  • Chris_WangChris_Wang Posts: 1,253
    edited January 2014
    I got the 6" Victorinox curved boning knife off Amazon back in the summer and it's been fine. It seemed like a good value based on the reviews. I have had no problems with it. It's a good all around knife for a guy like me who knows nothing other than a butter knife, steak knife, and that knife.

    If you are on a budget that's a good one, but if you're not on a budget there are about 10 knife snobs who will be chiming in sometime today. :D

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  • Depends on what kind of knife that you are looking for. If you want a boning knife I would suggest the new Buck Harvester Series Boning knife, it is wicked sharp and holds an edge. It is also made in USA. Its a $70-80 knife that you can find online for a little over $40. You might want to look at a "skinner" knife, some tend to have a rounded point so you can get through the skin and not puncture the meat while you are running the blade up. I believe Victorinox sells one for fairly cheap and they are usually a good product. It all depends if you want a knife for just that specific task or if you want a good all around knife that you can use for multiple tasks
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  • I know it's going to sound a bit weird, but I've become a fan of shopping at Bed Bath & Beyond for my cutlery needs. They have an excellent selection of quality made knives. I have especially taken a liking to the J. A. Henckels. Might take a look there if you have a store in your location.
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  • gdenbygdenby Posts: 5,369
    First time I tried to cut away the skin, I found all of my kitchen knives were too dull. I opened a pack of snap off utility blades, cleaned the oil off them, wrapped  ends w. some masking tape, and sliced away. Did a good job, if a little awkward.

    I bought a small Japanese style deba, Kai Wasabi brand. Its a single bevel knife, slightly curved like a skinner. Very hard stain resistant metal, 15 degree bevel total. That works well.

    Also have a cheap R. Murphy skiving knife. Maybe $12. Skiving knives are made for shaving shoe leather to proper thicknesses. Works well, and is easy to sharpen. R. Murphy also makes skinning knives, but they are more expensive.
  • SkiddymarkerSkiddymarker Posts: 7,764
    Mundial, made in USA. Chef's depot often has sales. Great boning and skinning knives. 
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  • GriffinGriffin Posts: 7,541

    I love my skinning knive. Buck Omni Hunter 12pt.

    Or did you mean for the kitchen and not actually skinning animals?

     

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  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 19,988
    did you par freeze it first, that would help. i would second the deba, the global single bevel deba has a really thin blade and super sharp grind angle, its the knife i used to skin out some buck tails a few weeks back
  • QDudeQDude Posts: 642

    I got the 6" Victorinox curved boning knife off Amazon back in the summer and it's been fine. It seemed like a good value based on the reviews. I have had no problems with it. It's a good all around knife for a guy like me who knows nothing other than a butter knife, steak knife, and that knife.

    If you are on a budget that's a good one, but if you're not on a budget there are about 10 knife snobs who will be chiming in sometime today. :D

    Which model # did you buy?

    A northern Colorado Egghead since 2012!

    XL and a Small BGE.

  • I've gotten to where I use a Havalon skinning knife.  It's pretty much a taxidermist's knife but it has stainless Razorblades that fit it and when they dull you just change them out.  It's basically a razorblade but the blade is shaped like a knife blade. 

    Little Rock, AR

  • My PitMaster IQ120 FREAKIN ROCKS!!!!!!! Current BGE arsenal: XL & MiniMax
  • I've owned some expensive knives in me time, still have some actually, but you will not fine a nicer knife (and inexpensive) than a Dexter Russell. The only knife we use at deer camp!
  • QDudeQDude Posts: 642
    I've gotten to where I use a Havalon skinning knife.  It's pretty much a taxidermist's knife but it has stainless Razorblades that fit it and when they dull you just change them out.  It's basically a razorblade but the blade is shaped like a knife blade. 
    Can you tell me which knife you bought?  Thanks!

    A northern Colorado Egghead since 2012!

    XL and a Small BGE.

  • Chris_WangChris_Wang Posts: 1,253
    edited January 2014
    47515 is the one I bought on Amazon. 6-inch semi-stiff.

    Ball Ground, GA

    ATL Sports Homer

     

  • I've got a couple pirantas and a baracuda. Use the piranta the most but the baracuda is more like a filet knife and I use it a lot also. I would start with the smaller piranta. Those knives are a lot like the egg, I've converted a LOT of people to them. I give them away as gifts often.

    Little Rock, AR

  • QDudeQDude Posts: 642
    I've got a couple pirantas and a baracuda. Use the piranta the most but the baracuda is more like a filet knife and I use it a lot also. I would start with the smaller piranta. Those knives are a lot like the egg, I've converted a LOT of people to them. I give them away as gifts often.
    I am thinking of buying the Piranta Torch model.

    A northern Colorado Egghead since 2012!

    XL and a Small BGE.

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