According to Field & Stream magazine's panel of game processors, the best knives for skinning deer are the Outdoor Edge SwingBlaze, the Cold Steel Mini Tac Skinner, the Victorinox Fibrox Curved Skinning Knife, and the Lone Wolf Mountainside Skinner. Field & Stream's Slaton White observes that a good skinning knife has a secure grip and a relatively short, curved blade.
The game processors used four specifications to evaluate the knives: sharpness, grip, maneuverability and durability. Outdoor Edge's SwingBlaze came out on top in the evaluation. It is the second-most-expensive knife of the four, and received five stars in the test. The SwingBlaze contains two blades: one for skinning and one for gutting. One processor observed that the blades might be difficult to keep clean because they fold into the knife handle. The testers praised the handle's bright, easy-to-see orange color and its reliable grip.
The Cold Steel Mini Tac Skinner also received five stars in the evaluation. Although one reviewer claimed that it might be difficult to maintain the knife's sharp edge, the testers praised the Cold Steel knife for its ease of use. It was particularly admired for its sheath, which the processors considered easy to use and convenient. The Victorinox Fibrox Curved Skinning Knife and the Lone Wolf Mountainside Skinner both received four stars. One processor claimed that the Victorinox would not be appropriate for skinning deer because of its large size.