I don’t get to hunt large game as much as I used to. I’m in a bit of a pause as I wait for the kids to grow up a little more and I cultivate private access in my adopted home state of Tennessee. However, I have dressed my share of deer, goats, and birds along the way. I came across the Viscerator when surfing YouTube, and it really piqued my interest. The designer states he came up with the idea after he heard of a hunter who died in a freak accident which I can only imagine involved a serious slip and very poor first-aid skills . . .
The Viscerator is a horseshoe shaped blade with a Scandinavian grind on a fixed handle, and rounded tips to avoid puncturing viscera. The blade is pushed instead of pulled through the skin, and due to its concave shape, the blade isn’t exposed in the event of a slip.
What makes the Viscerator seriously cool is its ability to cut through a sternum or pelvis. Utilizing the leverage of the lower portion of the blade, it can be rocked (similar to the motion of a can opener on a Swiss Army or Scout folder), chewing its way through bone and cartillage. This allows the Viscerator to do the work of a dressing saw, and I can imagine that the torque produced is pretty impressive.
The Viscerator is made from 8Cr13MoV stainless, hardened to 58 HRC. The handle is available in wood or G10 polymer. It comes with a ballistic nylon sheath and a custom ceramic sharpener – which is a good thing since I can’t imagine a good way to sharpen on such a non-conventional blade.
For more information, or to order a Viscerator of your own (it retails for $74.99), check out their website. I am really intrigued by this knife, and will likely be picking one up before my apple trees mature and the neighborhood deer and turkey more consistently wander into bow range.