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I've been contemplating putting this up for grabs for months. Up for grabs is my used Benchmade Altitude drop point hunter knife (model #15200org). It has carbon fiber scales and jimping for grip traction. Its cerakoted blaze orange CPM S90V steel which is stainless but not super easy to sharpen without using lower more aggressive grit sharpening surface. Its a preium steel that will hold a sharp edge for a very long time though. I can bring it back to shaving sharp in a couple minutes with little multi surface hand held field sharpener for worksharp. Comes with a kydex sheath and box it came in. Its extremely light and for years now it's been my go out hunting knife that fits in a pocket. Overall length is 7.38" and blade length is just over 3".

$150 that includes shipping. New I think I paid over $250 when they came out.

 

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Nice knife, but I would definitely miss the little “belly zipper” notch that my carbon steel Schrade Sharpfinger has on it.  That makes spilling out the guts, without puncturing the stomach, so much faster.  


I felt a little naked without it, the one day during the recent Holiday ML season, that I hunted with a different knife.  I only did that because it was stainless steel and a new Christmas present and it was raining that day.  I almost dreaded seeing a deer that morning, because I didn’t like the thought of having to gut one, without the belly zipper.  
 

One morning with that was all that I could handle.  The next day the rain let up a little and I went back to the old carbon steel Sharpfinger.  
 

I still get fairly regular (one every other year or so) gutting experience without the belly zipper, so I am very well aware of how much I dislike it.  My father in law gave me an old Buck 110 as a Christmas gift about 20 years ago.  He gets mad if he sees me using any other knife, so I always use that when hunting up at his retirement home in the Adirondacks.  It’s the least I can do in exchange for the free room, food, and drink.  
 

Not only does that old Buck 110 lack the belly zipper, but it does not hold an edge as well as my Sharpfinger, and the lockback design is a pain to clean after use.  I do appreciate its fine “made in USA” craftsmanship though, and it is very easy to resharpen, due to the softness of the steel.  
 

I suppose a guy could take an angle grinder or diamond round file and add a belly zipper notch to the back of the blade on that fancy orange knife.  Then you’d have something worth me carrying. 

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1 hour ago, dbHunterNY said:

I've been contemplating putting this up for grabs for months. Up for grabs is my used Benchmade Altitude drop point hunter knife (model #15200org). It has carbon fiber scales and jimping for grip traction. Its cerakoted blaze orange CPM S90V steel which is stainless but not super easy to sharpen without using lower more aggressive grit sharpening surface. Its a preium steel that will hold a sharp edge for a very long time though. I can bring it back to shaving sharp in a couple minutes with little multi surface hand held field sharpener for worksharp. Comes with a kydex sheath and box it came in. Its extremely light and for years now it's been my go out hunting knife that fits in a pocket. Overall length is 7.38" and blade length is just over 3".

$150 that includes shipping. New I think I paid over $250 when they came out.

 

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Awesome knife, I shortened mine on both ends and had a new sheath made because it was a little large for me but it holds a great edge and weighs nothing. Good luck with the sale!

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16 minutes ago, Buckmaster7600 said:

Awesome knife, I shortened mine on both ends and had a new sheath made because it was a little large for me but it holds a great edge and weighs nothing. Good luck with the sale!

i thought of you putting this up here. i knew way back when i posted about it on the old forum that it peaked your interest. didn't know if you ended up picking one up or not. i've got a Montana Knife Company blaze orange paracord wrapped magnacut Mini-Speedgoat i'm using in its place but idk if it works any better. 

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1 hour ago, Wolc123 said:

Nice knife, but I would definitely miss the little “belly zipper” notch that my carbon steel Schrade Sharpfinger has on it.  That makes spilling out the guts, without puncturing the stomach, so much faster.  
I felt a little naked without it, the one day during the recent Holiday ML season, that I hunted with a different knife.  I only did that because it was stainless steel and a new Christmas present and it was raining that day.  I almost dreaded seeing a deer that morning, because I didn’t like the thought of having to gut one, without the belly zipper.  

One morning with that was all that I could handle.  The next day the rain let up a little and I went back to the old carbon steel Sharpfinger.  

I still get fairly regular (one every other year or so) gutting experience without the belly zipper, so I am very well aware of how much I dislike it.  My father in law gave me an old Buck 110 as a Christmas gift about 20 years ago.  He gets mad if he sees me using any other knife, so I always use that when hunting up at his retirement home in the Adirondacks.  It’s the least I can do in exchange for the free room, food, and drink.  

Not only does that old Buck 110 lack the belly zipper, but it does not hold an edge as well as my Sharpfinger, and the lockback design is a pain to clean after use.  I do appreciate its fine “made in USA” craftsmanship though, and it is very easy to resharpen, due to the softness of the steel.  

I suppose a guy could take an angle grinder or diamond round file and add a belly zipper notch to the back of the blade on that fancy orange knife.  Then you’d have something worth me carrying. 

this doesn't have the nostalgia of either of those as a model. i own both. 20 yrs and not lost? keep that Buck110 close!
you could use both those knives together and sharpen them a few times over with their 400 series stainless steel before this one would lose it's working edge. it's a hard steel so a polished bevel and edge like a razor blade isn't the best way to go i've learned like you can with those softer steels. coarser to medium grit and then strop.  sounds like you're talking like a mini gut hook on the sharpfinger that must have been modified? with this one it takes me less than 10 seconds to open up the cavity from sack or udder to sternum. put your index finger up on the front jimping it has to control how much point is past your finger tip to get in and then turn it over cutting up and forward with your finger between the guts and the blade. never any issues.

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38 minutes ago, dbHunterNY said:

this doesn't have the nostalgia of either of those as a model. i own both. 20 yrs and not lost? keep that Buck110 close!
you could use both those knives together and sharpen them a few times over with their 400 series stainless steel before this one would lose it's working edge. it's a hard steel so a polished bevel and edge like a razor blade isn't the best way to go i've learned like you can with those softer steels. coarser to medium grit and then strop.  sounds like you're talking like a mini gut hook on the sharpfinger that must have been modified? with this one it takes me less than 10 seconds to open up the cavity from sack or udder to sternum. put your index finger up on the front jimping it has to control how much point is past your finger tip to get in and then turn it over cutting up and forward with your finger between the guts and the blade. never any issues.

This is my second Sharpfinger and it has not been modified.  The first one I had lacked the belly zipper (aka gut hook).  I lost that one maybe 35 years ago.  This one might be 30 years old now.    It holds an edge much better than my Buck 110. 
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I am surprised that I haven’t managed to loose this one.  I did loose track of the sheath a few years ago but Larry helped me find it after it fell down behind my deer fridge.

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1 hour ago, dbHunterNY said:

this doesn't have the nostalgia of either of those as a model. i own both. 20 yrs and not lost? keep that Buck110 close!
you could use both those knives together and sharpen them a few times over with their 400 series stainless steel before this one would lose it's working edge. it's a hard steel so a polished bevel and edge like a razor blade isn't the best way to go i've learned like you can with those softer steels. coarser to medium grit and then strop.  sounds like you're talking like a mini gut hook on the sharpfinger that must have been modified? with this one it takes me less than 10 seconds to open up the cavity from sack or udder to sternum. put your index finger up on the front jimping it has to control how much point is past your finger tip to get in and then turn it over cutting up and forward with your finger between the guts and the blade. never any issues.

I might be on the minority but I absolutely hate a knife with a gut hook. It’s a good idea but makes the rest of the process more difficult and I’m not carrying 2 knives.

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53 minutes ago, Buckmaster7600 said:

I might be on the minority but I absolutely hate a knife with a gut hook. It’s a good idea but makes the rest of the process more difficult and I’m not carrying 2 knives.

Probably good that you avoid them.  Once you get used to having them it’s tough going without.   That 10 second process with the index finger can be done in under 2 with a sharp belly zipper.  Stab and pull - done.  Fingers stay clean. 
 

If I add all of those up for the last 30 years, I’ve probably gained a day or two of “prime time”.  Now that’s no big deal for those who can hunt every day of the season, but for the weekenders like me, it adds up.

The butt-out has probably added a week or more to my hunting time over the 20 or so years I’ve been toting that.  I don’t suppose you use that either.  

I can understand that if your not much into the meat, but the faster them guts are removed, the better it tastes.  

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38 minutes ago, Wolc123 said:

Probably good that you avoid them.  Once you get used to having them it’s tough going without.   That 10 second process with the index finger can be done in under 2 with a sharp belly zipper.  Stab and pull - done.  Fingers stay clean. 
 

If I add all of those up for the last 30 years, I’ve probably gained a day or two of “prime time”.  Now that’s no big deal for those who can hunt every day of the season, but for the weekenders like me, it adds up.

The butt-out has probably added a week or more to my hunting time over the 20 or so years I’ve been toting that.  I don’t suppose you use that either.  

I can understand that if your not much into the meat, but the faster them guts are removed, the better it tastes.  

I’ve tried them, I just don’t like them. The time it saves opening it up they cost me in the rest of the process.


The buttout might work great but there’s a zero percent chance I’d ever tote one.

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3 hours ago, Buckmaster7600 said:

I might be on the minority but I absolutely hate a knife with a gut hook. It’s a good idea but makes the rest of the process more difficult and I’m not carrying 2 knives.

I have one knife with a gut hook which I have never used on a deer.  I only bought it because it was a Camillus collectible.

I like the look of the knife offered here, but I already have several very similar to it.  

@dbHunterNY Good luck with the sale! 

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