I can honestly say I’ve never skinned anything in my entire life, but I love what Buck has done to their skinning blade. I grew up with an old-school black-handled, silver-trimmed model, and the Gen-3 was a step in the right direction — but the Gen-5 looks gorgeous.
It doesn’t sport the big curves or aggressive style like some of the previous models — instead the Gen-5 goes for more of an elegant and understated vibe. I know it’s got to be the rosewood and brass combo that has me suckered in, but it’s working anyway. It features a 3” fixed blade and weighs in at 4.2 ounces, which won’t have you feeling like Rambo if you strap it to your belt.
It’s going to run you around $80 for the rosewood/brass version, but it you want the form factor without the pizzazz you can get away with $50 for a charcoal wood/nickel-finished model.