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Flesh Scraper Reccomendation

 
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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?
 
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A lot of old-time trappers would make a scraper / fleshing tool out of hardwood. It was strong enough to separate the layers but wouldn't nick the hide (which would reduce its value).
 
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You can use a draw knife that has been dulled, or you can buy a wet-scrape tool like this one (which is what I did):

http://grannysstore.com/Wilderness_Survival/Braintanning_Tools.htm


 
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Nice, good ideas. I've been doing my scraping on a flat board. Do y'all use a rounded log?
 
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You can use log for a beam if it is very smooth. I like to use 8" pvc pipe so the hide doesn't get snagged on anything.

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I really want one of these

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ulu#:~:text=An%20ulu%20(Inuktitut%20syllabics%3A%20ᐅᓗ,%2C%20Yupik%2C%20and%20Aleut%20

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.
 
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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.
 
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Like the others, I suggest a dull draw knife. The pvc pipe is what we used and it worked great!
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A step up from a spoon would be a hog scraper in my opinion.
 
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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.

https://www.amazon.com/Redneck-Convent-Scraper-Pelt-Fleshing/dp/B07KJVDTFP/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?dchild=1&keywords=hog+scraper&qid=1607302334&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUExSTlVRjJGMU1ZOEFaJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwOTQ3MzEyMkIwWkpXWU1OOE9FUCZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwMjIwMjgxMkRDNjMzRjFBREQyJndpZGdldE5hbWU9c3BfYXRmJmFjdGlvbj1jbGlja1JlZGlyZWN0JmRvTm90TG9nQ2xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ==
 
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