Knives with gut hooks are useless. A typical well-sharpened one will do better –How many times have you heard that sentence?
Probably you’ve heard that from your friends or family members. Whenever you mention that you have a knife with a gut hook, someone will say something along the lines of “I used to have one, but I threw it away.”
Why do they think it’s useless? Maybe because they have been using it wrong. Or perhaps, they have been using it right, but they didn’t make the most out of it.
If you’re reading this, then you’re lucky! Now, you’ll know that this weird-shaped knife lying in your kitchen drawer is more than a knife. You can use it in many ways to save your time and energy.
Is this an exaggeration? Nope.
The primary purpose of a gut hook is to help you in field dressing. The knife’s hook blade can slice effortlessly through the belly and undercarriage with ease, especially if you’re dealing with an animal with a large body like a deer.
That’s why you’ll find most hunters (if not all of them) have a fixed blade gut hook knife. However, it can do much more than that.
In this article, we will go over the best alternative uses of a gut hook. We will also teach you how to get the most benefits from it.
The Alternative Uses for a gut hook knife:
#1 cutting carpets and plastic sheets.
If you have a gut hook knife in your kitchen’s drawer, you needn’t think about buying a utility/ carpet knife.
This may sound ridiculous to some people. But, if you can’t find a fair use for your gut hook knife, you should consider using it as a utility knife.
Why can a gut hook perform better than utility knives?
For example, if you want to rip a plastic sheet. Scissors or utility knives can give you shaky, uneven cuts. Yet, using a gut hook can provide you with a flawless, even cut.
#2 Peeling fruits.
Did you know that the gut hook makes peeling fruits so effortless?
We know you have always dreamed of peeling an orange without making a mess. The hook can help you to peel the skin from the top of an orange. Then, you can easily strip off the peel: no orange juice oozing and no mess.
You can use the gut hook on basically any other peelable fruit to avoid the mess.
#3 Lifting hot grates off the fire.
This is a good life hack.
The gut hook solved a problem that you have been concerned about. Every time you have a BBQ party, you keep wondering, “How should I lift the hot grates?”.
Here’s the answer. You can use the hook to lift the burning grates. You don’t have to risk using your hand or using any other gadget. You can rely on the gut hook knife in your kitchen.
#4 Hooking meat with the gut hook to move around the grill
Like we mentioned in number 3, you should bring your gut hook knife to your BBQ party. But now we have a more convenient reason.
What do you use on that sizzling piece of steak to turn them around on the grill? No matter what kind of utensil you’re using, a gut hook knife can do better.
With the hook at the tip, you can hook the piece of meat with ease. Then you can move it around, flip it to the other side or do whatever.
Just clean the knife first before using it on the food, and you’ll be good to go.
#5 Cutting horse collar.
If you’re asking, “Why would I use a knife with a gut hook to cut off a horse’s collar” then let me explain. If you have a barn or live on a farm, you’ll regret not knowing this.
Suppose you got a horse whose collar is heavy and tightly fastened. You can’t cut off that collar with any tool. You’d probably think that the best tool to use is either a sharp knife or scissors. But no, you can’t use these.
Why not? Because the horse would be scared and will move too much. You may also end up hurting the horse, especially if you’re using a knife.
So, what should you do when your horse’s collar is very tight? Don’t hesitate to use your gut hook knife.
Why is a gut hook knife your horse’s savior? The gut hook will hook the collar then you’ll be able to split it into two halves. The horse will not move, and it will not get hurt.
#6 Pulling nails out of a board.
Is that even possible? – surprisingly, yes!
You can use the hook to pry out the nails out of a board. You don’t have to search for a hammer or buy a nail puller.
If you have a nail protruding from a board, use the hook to capture it, then pull it out. Easy, right?
#7 Cutting fishing line/thread.
If you’re an avid fisher, you sure know how tough fishing line/threads are.
They take some time to be cut with scissors. If you’re using a typical knife, you have to make sure that the blade is razor-sharp. But have you ever considered using a gut hook knife?
Gut hooks make cutting stern fishing lines an easy game. You’ll not need scissors or any other tool.
#8 lifting wire-handled pots by a gut hook knife.
Some people claim that the only purpose of gut hook knives is to lift wire-handled pots. Lift them either from an outdoor grill or open fire.
Yeah, it may sound weird at first. Yet, if you tried to lift a wire-handled pot from open fire using any other tool, you’d take some time to do it without burning your fingers.
On the other hand, if you tried to do the same thing with a gut hook knife, you’d lift the pot with ease in mere seconds.
#9 Cutting linen/clothes open or into strips.
You may be wondering, “Why should I use a gut hook knife to cut or strip clothes?”. You have to read this because you’re missing out on a great life hack.
Cutting clothes/linen with scissors is what everyone does. Yet, sometimes you can’t get even strips. That’s why using a gut hook can be more manageable.
All you have to do is hooking a part of the cloth. Then, you draw the knife in whatever direction. The result is even, effortless strips.
Surprisingly, it’s fun to cut linen with a gut hook. You have to try it!
#10 Stripping wire.
This hack is for electricians who struggle with stripping wires.
Of course, you have never thought of stripping wire with a gut hook. So, we had to include this odd use here.
Many electricians know how annoying it is to strip wires. Instead of buying any particular gadget, get your hook knife and strip them effortlessly.
You have to position the insulating part of the wire in the hook. When you get a good grip of that material, slice it down slowly to make sure you don’t injure yourself.
Only professionals do the process of stripping wires. So, when you do it, do it with great care. In fact, using a gut hook will lower the risk of getting injured.
#11 Cutting seatbelts.
You don’t have to buy seatbelts cutting devices if you have a gut hook knife.
Seatbelt cutting devices have a round handle, and the edge’s shape looks like a gut hook. The only difference is that most seatbelt cutting tools have some plastic cover on the edge. However, a gut hook knife can perform fine as well.
#12 Opening packages.
Did you know that some people only use gut hook knives to open packages?
So, what’s the point of having a utility knife then?
Many people praised gut hook knives as they make opening packages an easy task. Even more comfortable and more amusing than utility knives.
#13 Opening bottles.
Last but not least, the most exciting use for a gut hook knife.
It’s quite common for those who have a gut hook knife to use it to open glass bottles. You place the lid’s tip in the hook, then pull it up just as you use bottle openers.
Frequently asked questions:
1- Do you find that gut hooks helpful?
Gut hook knives are handy if your job includes skinning animals. However, some hunters don’t find it convenient since they can gut animals with a typical sharp fixed blade knife.
It would be better to use a gut hook, as it will save your time and effort. Finding it helpful or not depends on your hunting style.
However, you can do much more with a gut hook rather than just skinning and gutting. As we have mentioned above, you can utilize this particular knife in many ways and make it more useful.
2- Gut hook maintenance?
If you want a gut hook knife that would last forever, cleaning and sharpening it with care is the key.
Cleaning the blade with a cloth soaked in soapy water then drying it with a lint-free cloth can preserve the knife for a long time.
Yet, the most crucial tip for gut hook knives’ maintenance comes after drying. It would be best if you lubricate the blades with knife oil. That prevents the steel of the blades from rusting.
3- How to clean a gut hook?
One of the most common is to use an old toothbrush. But, in case you have a big gut hook knife, you can try using a stiff-bristled brush.
An easier way to clean your gut hook knife effortlessly is by scrubbing it with water and baking soda. You have to be careful while washing as not to hurt your hands. Then, remove the dirt with a soft piece of cloth.
If any dirt remains on the blade, mix equal amounts of salt and vinegar in a container. Use that solution to wash the gut hook, then dry it with any cloth.
4- How to sharpen a gut hook knife?
The most common way to sharpen a gut hook knife is by using a diamond taper sharpener or diamond pocket sharpener.
Here’s how people sharpen their gut hook with a tapered diamond rod.
Using a diamond taper sharpener is the most efficient way to sharpen a gut hook. Yet, others recommended other tools to do the same job. For example, you can use a chainsaw file, a round ceramic sharpening rod, a rat file, and a sharpening rod.
Many people prefer using a typical knife to dress an animal and open its body cavity. Yet, it would be better to use a gut hook. Not only it makes field dressing an easy game, but it also makes hunting effortless.
But in case you’re not a hunter, we have given you 13 alternative uses for a gut hook knife.
Got another use for it? Leave us a comment and tell us how you use a gut hook knife.