I'm looking into getting a quality fleshing knife for shaving grisly beaver and coon.. Necker 600 or 700 or MB cutting edge? I am also going to make a fleshing beam.. What size works for fox, coon, bobcats, coyote and beaver? Do you guys use adjustable stretchers or solid ones? Can I get some dimensions for fox boards?
Hey MT, I feel like any of the top brand knives will do a good job for you. I tried the necker 600, MB Cutting edge,and Sheffield and ended up getting a true Sheffield. I felt most comfortable with it. This year I tried a weibke? to push with and the Sheffield to slice the gristle on coons. I sure like this setup as the weibke is more forgiving when just pushing fat. I tried a 5" and 7" beam and have stuck to the 7" beam. I have also been using solid coon boards and adjustable for cats and coyotes. Last year was my first year putting up fur, but this setup I use now is feeling great. PM me if you have more questions.
For an all around good fleshing knife, the 600 is hard to pass up. Do not get the 700 as the sharp edge is rippled and will cause more headaches and holes than you can dream of. If you ever plan on fleshing rats or mink the 7" is a bit big. It is perfect for others. The wider the better for beaver!