what is the best knife.

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by BlessedCountry6, Aug 1, 2015.

  1. BlessedCountry6

    BlessedCountry6 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Today we killed our first two chickens. Over all it went really well. The only issue was the knife. We had a large pocket knife and a large kitchen knife. Neither worked well. We did sharpen the kitchen knife but it didn't help. And the pocket knife is new. What type of knife is the best for cutting into the neck to slit their arteries?
    Thanks for the help.
  2. cassie

    cassie Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 19, 2009
    I use a utility knife or box cutter. One that uses razor blades. It is very sharp and when the blade starts to lose its edge you just replace it with a new one.
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  3. BlessedCountry6

    BlessedCountry6 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thank you so much. That is simple and brilliant. Both my husband and I love that idea! I had no idea chicken necks were so tough to cut through. We want a quick peaceful passing. That should help.
  4. slingshotandLAR

    slingshotandLAR Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 24, 2013

    With out a doubt, same idea as your box cutter but much, much better
  5. BlessedCountry6

    BlessedCountry6 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'll check it out. Thank you!
  6. cmchickens

    cmchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 9, 2014
    Bigfork, Montana
    I second the Havalon. I use a Havalon Piranta. I've processed almost 200 birds, several goats, and a lamb with that knife. Quick, easy, and efficient. Gets the job done for sure.
  7. MeepBeep

    MeepBeep Chillin' With My Peeps

    You can get a reusable stainless steel scalpel handle on Ebay with 100 sterile blades for about $7-8 delivered... You can also get them with 10 blades, just the handle or whatever as well...

    Search for 'scalpel handle blades 100'

    I use these scalpels for everything around the house, after a friend turned me on to them...
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2015
  8. Sabz

    Sabz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 27, 2013
    Quebec, Canada
    My favorite is a rapala, like to filet fish.

    I bought a knife made for hunting ducks. It is smaller, larger and stiffer than the rapala. It's good, but rapala is best :)
    In case a rapala is not the same for you and me, here is what I mean:


    I always get both out when I butcher, but I usually leave the hunting knife on the table unless I hit a few bones with the rapala and it needs to be sharpened. Then I switch to the other knife!
  9. SleepyOwl

    SleepyOwl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2012
    I was wondering about knives and found this thread. Any other recommendations?
  10. Hiltonizer

    Hiltonizer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 30, 2011
    Central Maine
    6" Victorinox Boning Knife... changed my life.

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