I carry the Buck 105 everyday I'm in a rural area. Sharp, light, does the job of bigger, heavier knives. For deer, I own and use a Buck 118, Buck 110, or a Schrade 498. They all get sharp, stay sharp and feel great in the hand. I use a Gerber 'vital pack saw' to split the pelvis and rib cage. I use a Buck 603 to cape. To butcher, I mostly use some inexpensive butcher knives I inherited from an uncle who worked in the mess hall at Ft. Lee, Va. They work fine.