I am glad you brought this up. I have noted, as well, the different blade types preferred by those people who actually needed knives to survive on a daily basis versus those today who do not need a knife to survive. I have lived for months at a time in far away places (think above the artic circle and slightly below) and this affected my knife choices dramatically as I needed them to do things no bushcrafter ever did. I learned a lot by reading the old timers.
I would like to add that my go to knife was most often a Buck 103 Skinner. It has the same shape as the old time butcher knives and was indestructable. I beat that knife up and it never failed. It had a 4 inch blade that was not too big and not too short. The only issue was that at that time Buck was using 425 and the steel was so hard it was difficult to sharpen. But once it was sharp it stayed that way for a long while. It was a tough knife.
Last edited by Doc Dan; 12-27-2013 at 07:24 AM.
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