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I've been using a Morakniv Craftline Basic I got off Amazon for the last couple of years. It was $9.99 at the time. It's nothing fancy, but it will skin and dress a deer and hold an edge. My go-to has been an old Western that I got from the stamp store back in the day. But if you just need something sharp, the
 

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I’ve always found Boker knives to be a good value. They have some nice fixed blades at Midway that won’t break the bank. I have a $35 SS bone handle Barlow that is my daily carry knife. I got this set of fixed blades for Christmas that were under $100. They ain’t Fisk but they get very sharp, hold an edge well, & do what I need done.
 

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My go to knife for skinning and working up a deer is my Buck 102 Woodsman. It's just the right size to me and is tough as nails. I've got a Buck 119, but it's just too big for skinning. I've also got a Benchmade Steep Country, that's really nice, but I prefer the thinner blade of the 102, to the wide blade on the Benchmade.
 

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I’ve got a Bark River Huntsman that I really like for deer hunting. It’s not too big to be a good skinner, holds an edge well, and is really easy to sharpen.
IMO a lot of people carry a hunting knife that’s too big to be useful for hunting. I’ve had a few knives over the years where the steel was so hard they were almost impossible to sharpen. The A-2 tool steel on the Huntsman seems to be a good balance of toughness and ease of sharpening.
 

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Buck 196 Mini Alpha. I've used it for years and absolutely love this little knife, although I'm not a huge Buck fan overall.

Whatever you choose, keep it to a 3" blade or less. Rambo knives are awkward and just don't give any advantage. A solid 3" fixed blade will solve all your problems.


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I’ve been looking at the benchmade steep
Country. I got a benchmade flyway this year for cleaning waterfowl and have loved it. The ESSE looks nice too. A few of the others I will have to look up. I would like for it to be a hard enough steel to last for at least 2 deer without having to be touched up. Thanks for all the suggestions
 
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