Hi Mike and Debbie,
Please feel free to use the following unsolicited endorsement on your web page or any other advertising you so desire.
I feel compelled to endorse Idaho Knife Works in the strongest way possible. I am an avid outdoorsman living in North Idaho near the bottom of the mountain that Padre and Coyote Woman call home. I am 61 years old, so it is fair to say that I have skinned dozens of deer in my life, along with elk, antelope, coyotes, and a variety of other critters. I have always carried what I thought were high quality knives for skinning and preparing meat. I believe I was correct in believing my knives to be high quality. However, I just learned the difference between high quality and TOP quality.
This year I became the proud owner of an Idaho Knife Works "Cliff Knife". On one occasion Padre asked me how I liked the knife. I told him, "Oh, I will never use it. It is a collectors item, and I don't even want to get it dirty." Being the observant old goat that I am, I saw a look of disappointment on Padre's face. He made the knife for me to use, not to look at. Well, I couldn't disappoint him.
Today, November 6, 2010, my wife Carol took a small mule deer buck, and I used the Cliff Knife. I left my gut hook in my pocket, and gutted the deer with the Cliff. Later in the day we hung the deer and skinned it. The gutting was clean and as perfect as I have ever done, and went very quickly. The skinning was a world record for me. My usual 40 minutes or so was under 20 minutes. I also removed the tenderloins, as they are one part of a deer that does not require hanging. Wow! That knife fit around the tenderloins like no other knife. They nearly fell out in my hands.
Thanks again Mike for one of the finest pieces of craftsmanship it has ever been my privilege to own.