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    I've used my Buck 3in blade for about 15 yrs now. It's got a thick blade so you can put enough pressure on it to zip down the legs of big game to cape 'em. After it eventually got dull, I tried using several old sharpening stones and could get it sharp again but took forever. For about the last 8 yrs I've used the Lanske sharpening system. It takes a bit the first time you sharpen a blade on it to get the angle into the blade but once you get that initial angle on it, it takes only a few minutes to get it razor sharp again. Biggest thing with keeping a knife sharp is cut from "inside out". You don't want to cut hair, but split the hide....not only to keep the hair of your meet but to keep from dulling your knife. I've probably gutted and skun out 6-8 deer without hitting it with a steel. Like the Havalon Piranta as well but not for skinning, cause there's not backbone....great knife though.

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    Thank you everyone for your input, all very good and appreciated info.

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    Outdoor edge in my pack. Holds edge nicely and easy to sharpen when needed. Good steel. No problem dealing with an elk.. Nice knife.

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    Gerber all the way!

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    In my pack it's nothing but the havelon torch. I have broke down two elk so far this year without a single blade breaking. If I am at the pickup the buck vanguard normally gets the nod. Had it for years and still going strong.

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    Used my havalon knife this year on my elk, one blade no problem. Skinned and quartered out the entire elk.

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    The Havelon Piranta is a great knife, but if you twist or torque while skinning or quartering, the blade might pop off the handle. A few years back, I used an advertisement in the back of EHJ to buy several Z-Blade knives from pfimold.com. It utilizes the same #60 blade and is molded into a plastic handle. It is strong, and super sharp. It is a throw away knife. Just a lot to throw away. Otherwise, it is a very nice blade.

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    Gene Ingram
    Have done numerous animals, moose, bou and deer between sharpening.
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    I've always had trouble putting a good edge on a hunting knife. This past fall, I met a guy who builds custom knives. I asked him for his advise on a good sharpener. He said the "Work Sharp Knife & Tool Sharpener" was the best sharpener he knew of. It uses various small sanding belts and allows you to hold the blade at the correct angle. I recently bought one from Northern Tool. I'm anxious to try it. I also have a Havalon and like it.

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    The Lansky system for sharpening knives works and works very well.

    http://lansky.com/index.php/products...-stone-system/

    http://lansky.com/index.php/products/ultra-fine-hone/

    http://lansky.com/index.php/products...-diamond-hone/

    http://lansky.com/index.php/products/super-c-clamp/

    I have two Lansky set-ups right now. I keep one at home and one in the camper. I would just buy the Standard three hone set and pick up the extra fine stone and a coarse diamond stone to go with it and you would be set for a long long time. The Super C clamp is a MUST HAVE and really makes it a lot easier to sharpen your knives. As one person already stated, it will take a bit with each knife, some more than others to get the proper edge on the knives, but once you do just a few strokes on each side will get the blades razor sharp in no time.

    I wish I would have only purchased this darn thing years ago! That is my only complaint. Right now there is not a dull kitchen, hunting, or pocket knife in the house!!

    David
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