The MeatTrapper Canadian Skinner is the result of more than 15 years of skinning everything from mink to hogs, and never finding the "perfect" knife. I have used everything from $600 Randalls to razor blade knives. No matter which knife I used, they all would excel in one area, but be lacking on others.
Some time ago I tried a Canadian pattern belt knife. I had never tried this uniquely shaped blade before. For some reason, it's just never been popular here in the US. I was immediately impressed by the blade pattern. It had plenty of belly and skinned well, the point was center lined and did a great job on opening cuts, safeguarding against puncturing intestines or bladders. I was convinced that this pattern would make a great skinner and meat cutter - it just needed to be designed specifically as a meat knife instead of an all around bushcraft knife. Specifically, it needed a high hollow grind, a full, hand filling handle, and a quality steel that would hold a long lasting edge.
I have been collaborating with a master knife maker who not only hand forges his knives, but he makes the entire knife himself, from the blade to the handle to the kydex neck sheath. We have taken my design and produced a completely hand made, custom Canadian patterned blade focused specifically on being a meat knife. Skinning, jointing, and trimming meat.
The MeatTrapper Canadian Skinner is distal forged from 52100 steel. This steel is extremely difficult to forge, which is why it is so rare. In this day and age, everyone wants quick and easy. But, 52100 takes a frighteningly sharp edge - and holds it! When I have 10 beaver stacked up to skin after a long hard day in the swamp, I want to skin animals - not sharpen knives!
Each one of these knives is unique and unlike the others. No two are identical! Each is made entirely by hand. One thing that will not change is each knife has outstanding handle ergonomics. Flat, do nothing handles may be cheap to make, but a skinning knife needs to fill and fit the contours of your hand. Comfort may not count for opening the occasional card board box, but when skinning animal after animal - it makes a big difference! Just ask anyone with carpel tunnel syndrome!
This knife slices like a dream, makes opening cuts that are safe and effortless, and hold an edge longer than you want to skin. They are designed to my personal specification and made entirely by hand, right here in Alabama.
It takes time to make these, and once they are gone, it will be a while before another batch is available, so get yours today! This truly is a 'last a lifetime' knife! This is the knife I put my name on.