Knives By Thomas Are A Cut Above
By Pat Covert
Many hunters, particularly those who frequent hunting camps and guided hunts, prefer to carry a smaller skinning knife. Others carry a small skinner and a large hunting knife to cover all their bases. If these circumstances apply to you, the Knives by Thomas Nueces Skinner just may be the knife for you.
Thomas Rucker, owner and knifemaker, has a bit of old school in him, and that’s more than fine with folks who like knives with solid, traditional styling cues such as bolsters and the feel of real wood on their handle. The Thomas Nueces Skinner fixed-blade is 7.25 inches overall with 4.25-inch handle with stainless steel bolsters and, as shown here, a burlwood handle. Thomas can do you a fancier version with stag or go basic with a synthetic such as Micarta. The full tang drop-point blade is premium S35VN stainless steel, hollow ground for a superb slice. Overall weight is 4.8 ounces. This is, indeed, a knife designed to excel at skinning.
The Nueces Skinner’s “bag” handle sports deep, nicely rounded scales and with the bolsters, give this knife a substantial feel that flat slabs just can’t deliver. Hollow grinds, with their thin leading edge, are preferred on skinning knives, and the drop-point blade is by far the most popular style for dressing game, due to its ability to glide under flesh without ripping organs. The Nueces Skinner is delivered alongside a handsome, welted leather sheath with a diagonal belt strap on the backside. You get a knife guaranteed to impress—both in good looks and a super slice—and one you’ll be proud to pass down for generations.
MAKER: Knives by Thomas
30222 Mesa Valley Drive
Spring, TX 77386
Steel type: CPM S35VN, satin finish
Blade length: 3 inches
Overall length: 7.25 inches
Weight: 4.8 ounces
Handle: Burlwood, stainless steel bolsters
Carry: Handmade leather, welted