I've been I've been working my rabbit skins for a while now and I'm pretty sure I'm ready to take it to the next level. I have been using a metal spoon as my scraper. It does the job, but surely there is something better.
What do I need to look for in either buying or making a flesh scraper for small and delicate hides?
I had the opportunity to watch someone use one once and was pretty amazed. It is flesh scraping cutting and chopping tool traditionally used by the Inuit. The one I saw was homemade, likely from an old saw blade with a wooden handle and pretty close to as useful if not more useful than my whole knife block.
From the OP I assume the goal is to deflesh the inside of the pelt. Is that correct? Scraping the fur/hair side is another process. I guess it depends on the ultimate goal.
Looking at Cheryl's excellent tool and setup, I realized that a discarded skate blade would be just about ideal. They are free for the taking if you know where to look. And you can shout "Wilsoooooooon!" just for entertainment.
Liza Stallsmith wrote:A step up from a spoon would be a hog scraper in my opinion.
Exactly what I was going to say! I use the one linked below on hogs, it des a great job on the outside, removing the hair before I butcher, and the one time I decided to tan the hide, it worked well on the inside too.