Need opinions on best types of knives to process chickens...asap.

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by hatchaholic, May 8, 2009.

  1. hatchaholic

    hatchaholic Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 23, 2008
    South Carolina
    Okay, this has probably been asked before, but I am running out of time... I want to know what kind of knife (knives) I need to make butchering as easy as possible. We butchered the first roo last weekend. We thought the knife was sharp, but not nearly sharp enough. I'm by no means an expert on knives, so I need some good opinions so I don't waste my money at the store. Can anyone help?

    Thanks!!!
     
  2. miss_thenorth

    miss_thenorth Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2007
    SW Ont, Canada
    Can't give you a brand name, but just look for a high quality knife. And also buy a knife sharpening kit. there is a technique to sharpening your knifes, but it is a very good investment.
     
  3. hatchaholic

    hatchaholic Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 23, 2008
    South Carolina
    Thanks. Not necessarily looking for a brand, but the type. Do I need a butcher knife, a chef's knife, a fillet knife??? I have no clue...
     
  4. miss_thenorth

    miss_thenorth Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2007
    SW Ont, Canada
  5. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    I just use my stainless steel kitchen knives, well-sharpened. They loose their edge pretty quickly during the processing, so I keep my knife sharpener right on the table for quick tune-ups.
     
  6. Riparian

    Riparian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I do all mine with a small 4" hunting blade. Its a ka-bar long point prescion hunter.
     
  7. dadof4

    dadof4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use a 5'' Schrade skinning knife. I like it well.
     
  8. Darin115

    Darin115 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use a butchers knife. I think it is German made. I bought it new from a local butcher shop. It is kinda like a filet knife but not as flexible. The blade is slightly curved up.

    Works great for small and big work. I used it for chicken to deer size game.

    Dain
     
  9. acheeknmanbestfren

    acheeknmanbestfren Out Of The Brooder

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    I use a 5" boning knife. It fits my hand well and did the job nicely.
     
  10. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

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    Good kitchen scissors can do many of the jobs, from cutting off the heads & feet to cutting through the skin for cleaning out the carcasses. But I'm still looking for a really good pair. The ones I used last time worked very well with the first bird, for both the joints & skin. But they were too dulled to work well with the second bird. I may try next time to have one pair to use for joints & save another one to use for cutting skin.

    For most of the job you don't need a knife that's long or heavy, just sharp.
     

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