Caping Knives

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This whitetail was easy to cape with a high quality caping knife on hand.

Caping is what it’s called when you remove the head and shoulder skin in order to preserve your trophy for a shoulder mount. A high quality blade is essential for clean cuts and smooth removal of skin. Unlike a skinning knife, which is meant simply to separate the hide layer from the underlying meat, a caping knife is designed not just to slice, but also to cut dense neck muscle and other tissues. A regular skinning knife can be fragile and doesn’t require a long handle to generate force at the cutting edge. The caping knife, on the other hand, is required to not only do a decent job skinning around the shoulders, but also has to be stiff and durable enough to handle cutting off the head of the animal. Often times cutting the spinal cord can be extremely difficult when using a blade that has too much flex and a handle too short to easily grip. The blade is a balance between a heavier cutting/chopping style and the thinner, slicing style of a skinning knife.

Buck caping knife for hunting

This buck brand knife has all of the features a good caping knife should. A long handle, semi short and fairly thick, lightly flexing blade.

The Anatomy of the Caping Knife

The typical size and shape of a caping knife will feature a fairly short blade, which is usually a drop point style.  These knives should also feature a long tough handle that will ensure a solid grip. It is common to have hands covered in blood while caping out your animal. A long solid handle will help you keep a firm grip on the knife while you are cutting through neck muscles ans severing the spinal column.

Primary Uses

Caping knives are not only great for their intended purpose, they also make a great knife for everyday carrying. The relatively smaller size makes them convenient for not only hunters, but also for hikers and fisherman. These medium sized knives are perfectly sized and shaped for a large variety of everyday uses.