Right now you might be asking yourself why you would ever use a dirty, blunt rock when you can use a Havalon or some other modern skinning knife when butchering a deer.

You’d be surprised how well some old methods work. Obviously, using a stone blade isn’t practical in all situations and can be a pain to learn how to do right. In this video, Billy Berger of Primitive Pathways shows you how to turn a hunk of Tennessee flint into a sharp and effective tool for butchering deer.

If you’re feeling adventurous or want to dress deer like our ancient ancestors did, this may be one method you want to try out. For the rest of us, we’ll stick to our stainless steel blades—or D2 steel if you don’t mind a little bit more maintenance.

Image screenshot of video by primitivepathways on YouTube

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