If you’re an outdoorsman, and especially one that enjoys hunting you no doubt are always on the lookout for cutlery that makes your job in the field easier. When it comes to field dressing, skinning and butchering your game I would suggest you take a look at the products from Outdoor Edge.
Aside from being a hunter, I also occasionally serve as a hunting guide for those looking for specific species. Recently on a trip to Southwest Texas, Axis Deer was the focus of a young lady hunter who longed for one of these handsome deer from Southern Asia. Axis Deer are known for their 3- prong per side antlers, beautiful spotted hides and being excellent table fare.
Although the ranch we hunted near Sanderson, Texas did contain a good population of Axis Deer they are known for not showing themselves during daylight hours to speak of. That, combined with many thousands of acres these deer roamed on the ranch, made for a challenging hunt.
Fortunately, after many hours and days spent glassing along brushy draws and the thick cover Axis like to inhabit, luck finally turned our way. On the last evening the young huntress was able to take a mature Axis buck at the edge of a large clearing where these deer like to feed.
Once big game is on the ground the work begins and this provided an excellent opportunity to put the Butcher Lite Game Processing Kit from Outdoor Edge to the test.
This kit is a complete 8-piece field-to-freezer game processing set wrapped in a nylon roll-pack that can convert to a belt scabbard. Included in the kit are; a wood/bone saw, caping knife, gut-hook skinner, boning/fillet knife, ribcage spreader, game cleaning gloves, and a tungsten carbide sharpener to keep an edge on the various blades you’re using at all times.
The full-tang knife blades are 420J2 stainless steel that are precisely heat treated, taper ground thin and hand finished shaving-sharp providing superior performance and edge retention. Rubberized handles allow for comfort during long use and provide a safe, non-slip grip even when wet. Other features of the kit include snap-in, removable, knife scabbards for easy cleaning.
Specifications and Features of the ButcherLite Game Processing Kit include:
- Caper Knife: Blade length of 4.3 inches, overall length of 9.1 inches
- Skinner Knife: Blade length of 4.5 inches, overall length of 9.5 inches
- Boning Knife: Blade length of 5.9 inches, overall length of 10.8 inches
- Bone/Wood Saw: Blade length 6.0 inches, overall length of 9.3 inches
- Knife Steel: 420J2 Stainless
- Saw Steel: 65Mn with chrome coating
- Ribcage Spreader
- Nylon roll pack that also serves as a belt scabbard
- Game cleaning gloves
- Weight of kit: 2.3 pounds
In the end this kit from Outdoor Edge made my job in the field quicker with the skinning and quartering chores made simpler with all tools needed right at hand.
Bottom line I found the ButherLite Game Cleaning Kit from Outdoor Edge to be extremely practical and user friendly in the field. If you are looking to add to your inventory of cutlery, this kit and a wide variety of other useful outdoor products can be found at outdooredge.com.