Advice on knives and other utensils (for processing, not entertaining)

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by snewman, May 12, 2009.

  1. snewman

    snewman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've been processing my own birds for one year now. It still takes me much longer than it should, mostly because my tools all suck. I have a collection of dull knives, game shears and kitchen shears that I shuffle through each time I'm processing. I bought a cheap filet knife for cutting throats, but it was dull after one use. If I was going to invest in one, maybe two, GOOD quality tools, what would you recommend in terms of knives, shears, etc.?
     
  2. MoodyChicken

    MoodyChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've never actually processed birds, but I have posted them. I just use an exacto knife I picked up at a craft store and the closest set of hedge sheers. lol. But carcass quality doesn't matter when posting... and it does get a bit messy with the hedge sheers.
     
  3. WalkingWolf

    WalkingWolf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Search for Forester knives, also Atlanta Sharptech knives. Professional knives used in the trade. They are expensive but last, and are worth it.
     
  4. Chicks_N_Horses

    Chicks_N_Horses Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My husband has a hunting knife that is always razor sharp. He spends lots of time sharpening it too....

    I recommend an axe or hatchet. A quick hard chop will work even with a dull axe. MO
     
  5. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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    One word Cutco. They are guaranteed for life. Best knives I have ever owned. My mother had a set from the 50's and they are still easily sharpened. My husband said to invest in a Lansky sharpener. You can sharpen any knife razor sharp. [​IMG]
     
  6. snewman

    snewman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, I'll check some of these out. I appreciate the suggestions!
     
  7. jaku

    jaku Chillin' With My Peeps

    I kill with a razor knife, and butcher with a fillet knife. You don't need anything too heavy, as you aren't cutting bone.
     

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