I know most if not all guys here are advocates of high dollar big name knifes, but I’ll put in a word for the budget minded guys. For the past three or four hunting seasons I’ve used Winchester hunting knives purchased for under twenty dollars each. I’ve done or helped gut, quarter, skin, and butcher, at least four elk, five deer, and two antelope.
These knives have never failed me in these tasks, they keep a blade after making multiple cuts through hide and flesh and require minimal re-sharpening during these tasks. Seems the advances that have been made in production have even helped lower end priced knives with their quality.