It's funny to mentioning short blades as 3.5-4"... My field dressing knife is around 3". Anything bigger than that and I find that the knife just is too big on deer.x2 on value of short blade. Carrying a Bowie knife on your hip IMO is the best way to id someone who hasn't field dressed many deer or larger animals. 3.5-4" blades are my go to cutters on deer in the field. When you're in the chest cavity, bigger knives tend to get snagged and just seem unwieldy in the tight quarters trying to get everything loose so you can roll the animal over and get everything out.
Once I get them hung, skinning is done redneck style with a quad or a truck. Then I use a boning butcher knife to quarter, take off the straps and take meat off neck for grinding. I have the USMC KBAR. It is a great knife for its intended military application, but it's a little stout for gutting or cutting meat. It can do it, it's just not my first choice.
I've got a buck knife that is 3", I used it in once on a deer. I carry it occasionally in my pocket just cause I always keep a knife handy. My buck with the S30V steel is 4" I think, the other Buck is gut hook with a rubber handle that's about the same blade length. The rubber handle doesn't slide in my hand when it gets covered in blood n chunks.It's funny to mentioning short blades as 3.5-4"... My field dressing knife is around 3". Anything bigger than that and I find that the knife just is too big on deer.
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Hey friend :wink::wink: Just kidding. LOLI have a buddy that is a knifesmith. For a number of years, I had him make me a new blade each year for hunting season out of high carbon steel. I picked the blades out of a Janus (I think that's the name). All told I think I still have around 15 knives from him. Most of the handles are Coco Bolo fixed blades. Over the years I given some of these fine crafted knives to my best friends.
I think even with the remove of blade length restriction laws in Texas, that knife is excessive. If the job at hand requires more than a four inch blade it's best completed with a fixed blade knife. The only reason to carry a folding knife with a blade longer than four inches is to show it off. If that's your intention, by all means, go ahead.