TOPS Knives Backwoods Skinner Fixed 3" Coyote Tan Blade, Gut Hook, OD Green Micarta Handles, Leather Sheath - SKIN-01
TOSKIN01: Backwoods Skinner
ULU-INSPIRED DESIGN, WHICH MAKES ONE OF THE BEST SKINNERS ON THE MARKET
The Backwoods Skinner was designed for everything from large game hunting down to wilderness survival small game hunting/trapping and light bushcrafting in mind.
"Years ago, while I was a teenager, a friend of mine showed me an authentic Alaskan Ulu that he had received from a friend of his. I had never seen anything like it and immediately saw the benefits for skinning, food prep and light bushcrafting. I have been a big fan of the Ulu since and as a hunter, when I was designing the Backwoods Skinner I couldn't think of any blade geometry that fit my purpose for this knife like the Ulu.
"I decided to use the same deep belly of the Ulu for skinning purposes, but opted for a smaller blade and a rear oriented grip for getting into tighter areas and the ability to do finer skinning work. I went with the straight clip point so that it would allow for the index finger to run up the spine to the tip, allowing you to guide the Backwoods Skinner into tighter spots with greater control. I decided to angle the grip away from the blade in an effort to allow for a natural break to the wrist for better ergonomics and to prevent fatigue in the wrist when working with it for extended periods of time.
"In an effort to make this a full featured hunting knife, I knew that it needed a gut hook for expedient field stripping of your game but I opted against putting it on the spine of the knife for a few reasons; first - the blade geometry and angle of the grip would have made this option difficult to use. Second - my intended use of the index finger to guide the blade into tight areas would be dangerous with a gut hook in the way. And three - spine-oriented gut hooks tend to tear coats, clothing and sheaths when pulled out. So for these reasons, I spent some time trying to come up with some different options when I decided on a parasite gut hook. This keeps the gut hook shrouded when not in use and is safer when it is in use, because you sheath the blade to use it.
"The ovulated grip was designed to fit the ergonomics of the hand, again allowing for extended use with minimal fatigue and with the tightening at the hilt you can achieve a firm purchase of the grip with maximum control when pulling the blade through your cut.
"The Backwoods Skinner was designed for everything from large game hunting down to wilderness survival small game hunting/trapping and light bushcrafting in mind. Enjoy and happy hunting."
Description by the designer, Joshua Swanagon.
6.75" overall. 3" coyote tan finish 1095 high carbon steel deep bellied skinning blade. Full tang. Green canvas Micarta handles with deep finger choil and ovulated grips. Lanyard hole. Pommel features a grenade pin with OD green nylon cord and keyring holding in place a 2.75" overall parasite gut hook skinner hidden inside the handle. Black leather belt sheath with OD green nylon cord and TOPS survival whistle. Certificate of Authenticity. Instructions on using the knife as a gut hook.
Download an instructional PDF on how to use the knife here.
- Manufacturer SKU: SKIN-01
- Overall Length: 6.75"
- Blade Length: 3"
- Blade Thickness: 0.19"
- Blade Steel: 1095 RC 56-58
- Blade Finish: Coyote Tan Coating
- Handle Material: OD Green Canvas Micarta
- Knife Weight: 5.4 oz
- Sheath Included: Yes
- Sheath Material: Black Leather
- Sheath Clip: Belt Loop
- Designer: Joshua Swanagon
- Made in USA
Leather is known for its durability and traditional appeal. When compared to Kydex it is preferred for its silence when bumped against other objects, as well as blade retention.
An excellent hard use steel, 1095 is a primary choice for camping and larger fixed blade knives for its extreme toughness and ability to hold an edge. Corrosion resistance is very limited with this steel (it will rust) and most blades come with a coating to prevent premature rusting.
Micarta is a compressed layered composite sealed within a thermosetting plastic which creates a strong, attractive material that is impervious to water.
This product is USA born and raised.