Reviews and Ratings for Cold Steel 20PC Finn Bear Fixed 4" Blade, Polypropylene Handle, Cor-Ex Sheath
I just gutted, skinned and boned out my entire muley with the Cold Steel FinnBear. I would recommend it for the price.
It was pretty sharp to the end. Though it will need to be sharpened to do another (normal because the hide hair is notorious for dulling blades). The handle's texture allowed me to switch positions on the knife with one blood soaked hand.
I do generally prefer drop points so I probably will try their Pendleton Lite Hunter and Canadian Belt Knife.
The Canadian Belt Knife may be best for skinning, considering the angle. But I would not want to have to use it to bone out the meat. You usually want a decent point to do that. I think the FinnBear or the Pendleton Lite are the best all around.Unless I am buying a Busse version of a Pendleton, I'm sticking with a new, inexpensive Cold Steel blade. They are lightweight, sharp, strong and inexpensive. So while I hunted for 3 days from 5am to 7pm 8mi/day and 3000 vertical ft per day and the FinnBear did not move from its supplied cordura sheath (and it does not have a locking strap), it is so inexpensive it would not hurt anything but my pride to lose it.
The FinnBear is a good all around knife for cutting up your kill. I would recommend it. Just 2 cents from a 4th generation butcher.