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I'll pitch in a comparison pic. While there are certainly more economical ways to get the job done, both of these put a grin on my face
IMO, they are both a joy to hold and use, but the SF has the best handle I've found, deceptively simple.
Persistence, UKPK, Forum Native, South Fork, Cruwear Millitary, SB Stretch, SB Caly 3.5, UKPK,
Chaparral, 3 Para2's, Lefty Military, K390 Mule, Caly Jr.
I have been fortunate enough to have faced this task. Although S110V would be the clear choice if choosing between the two steels of that and S90V and or others, as has been pointed out the Phil Wilson collaboration South Fork in S90V is designed for this job and would be easily my choice over a Mule option. Anything that can help speed up what can be hours of field dressing time in what can be nasty or possibly dangerous weather and terrain conditions, which elk hunting tends to take place in, should be factored in.
If it needs to be a Mule, then S110V gets my nod. Otherwise I favor Souh Fork in S90V or custom.
Southfork...some of our members use them for precisely the same purpose as what you want.
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However the point of reference was the steel used which can easily handle skinning and quartering a moose. But again, if you don't want your selection based on practicality, then just pick the one which is coolest to own.
Thanks for all the great feedback. Considering that I have a week of gear on my back weight is also high on the list. Wish the SF was still an unknown because I now want one! Leaning to the Mule to keep the size reasonable. Anything else in the super steels in a 3-4 inch fixed?
I think the S110V Mule would be a great choice. That being said, I'd probably take the South Fork 10 out of 10 times.
Last edited by ChapmanPreferred; 04-19-2014 at 01:13 PM.
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FRP: Nisjin Cricket PE, Manbug PE, Dragonfly PE
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BRP: CF Military S90V
BLP: Forum S110V Native
If you are quartering in the field and not skinning the whole hide (I'll take some rear hock for caddis patterns) then CTS-XHP is great stuff. Any of the ones you mention will do fine. XHP has surprised me how long it does hold an edge. It will pop off rear quarters with no problem.
I did pick up an Elmax ZT knife over the weekend. Any feedback on how this compares in hardness and edge holding to the steels recommended above? Thanks
The South Fork would be my choice for this job. It will skin well and bone out well while keeping good cutting edge through out.
As you said, lots of variables so there really aren't any definite answers, I think the knives themselves can be a huge factor, not even talking about the steel, just the knives themselves.
A lot of Professional Guides use Dozier knives and I still believe that's it's the knives themselves that make a bigger difference than the steel in those situations as they are so well designed for that task. Great design goes a long way toward efficiency...
But D2 with that coarse edge that Bob puts on them does help I think and D2 is no weakling as far as edge retention is concerned.