Skinners/Capers by Neilson's Mountain Hollow

Skinner and Caper knives come in an almost endless variety. They're great for game skinning and heavy cutting chores in a smaller blade. Here are several examples of our favorites...

"Little Caper" Skinner/Caper/Belt Knife

This small piece is ready to do a lot of work. This full-tang blade is forged from 1084 high carbon steel that has been edge-quenched and has a hand-rubbed finish. The knife also has forge marked/acid soaked flats for a cool look as well as a "jimped" spine for comfort and control. The handle scales are done in "Lava Flow" Kirinite and are secured with a stainless steel handle bolt and matching lanyard liner (with fancy fob). The knife has a 2" cutting edge and an overall length of 5 3/4". The knife comes with a molded black Kydex sheath with removable/reversible belt loop.

Price for a similar piece, with Kydex sheath: $475.00

"Antiqued Small Caper" in Cocobola

This little caper blade is forged from 5160 high carbon steel and done with an antique finish. The blade is flat ground with a convex edge and a slight top bevel on the spine. The contoured guard is stainless steel. The handle is Cocobola wood with a throat of stabilized Honey Buffalo horn and a black spacer. The knife is finished up with a stainless steel pin and lanyard liner. This piece is 7 1/8 overall with a 2 5/8" cutting edge and comes with a tooled leather pouch sheath with a belt loop.

Price for a similar piece, with leather sheath: $795.00

"Big Bearing" Skinner/Caper
big bearing skinner

This knife is one big handful of coolness. This big Skinner/Caper has a 5 1/2" blade (2" at it's widest point) forged from 52100 ball-bearings and 1095 high carbon powder steels forged in a canister weld. The "trigger" guard, throat spacer and threaded pommel are also from the same billet of ball-bearing damascus. The handle is an A-grade Sambar Stag taper with the pommel file-worked to match the stag. The front spacer is sandwiched by two fullered and stabilized spacers of Blonde Buffalo Horn as well. This knife is approx. 11 3/4" overall and comes with a tooled leather blade sheath with belt loop and retention strap.

Price for a similar piece, with leather sheath: $3,750.00

"Etched-Cherry" Skinner

This Skinner style knife has a 5 5/8" blade forged from W2 high carbon steel. The blade is clay-quenched with and etched hamon (quench) line and has acid etched and forge-marked flats. The contoured guard and set pin are silica bronze. The handle of this knife is stabilized A-grade Cherry Burl wood. The overall length of this knife is just over 11" and it comes with a fully tooled leather pouch sheath.

Price for a similar piece, with leather sheath: $1,425.00

"Coffin-handle" Skinner in Buckeye Burl

This Skinner knife is forged from 1084 high carbon steel with an etched than hand-rubbed finish. The knife has a 3 7/8" cutting edge and has an overall length of 8 3/4". The handle scales are stabilized California Buckeye Burl wood shaped in a "palm-swell" style and set with three stainless steel handle bolts. The knife comes with a border tool leather pouch sheath with belt loop.

Price, with leather sheath: $695.00

"Sow Belly-Trailing Point" Skinner

This knife is a combination Trailing Point knife with a deeper "Sow" belly, a really nice blend of both styles. The knife above has a 608 layer high carbon damascus 5 5/8" long with an overall length of 10 1/2". The oval guard is "wagon wheel" wrought iron with file worked accents. The handle is top grade Maple Burl wood with a throat of Buffalo horn (both are stabilized), black/copper spacers and a stainless steel pin. The tooled leather blade sheath comes with exotic skin inlays.

Price for a similar piece, with leather sheath: $2,375.00

Seguine-Style Skinner
Seguine-Style Skinner

This skinner blade is based on a pattern I came across by a maker that has passed on by the name of M.W. Seguine (Juneau, Alaska). I loved this particular heavy skinner pattern so much I had to try forging something similar in my own style. This skinner has a 4 1/2" blade of 350 layer "double-cut" damascus steel with file-work and top bevel (roughly 10 1/4" overall length). The handle is Desert Ironwood Burl with a throat of Malachite stone, nickle-silver and black spacers, mosaic pins and a guard and pommel of nickle-silver. The handle The knife comes with a tooled leather blade sheath.

Price for a similar piece, with leather sheath: $2,750.00