Do Baracuta blades fit the Havalon Piranta knives?

Paul Schwartz, Division Sales Manager

A few people have asked, “Do Baracuta blades fit our Piranta knives?

No, Baracuta blades have a bigger fitment slot in order to grip the bigger blade and it is farther up the blade tang. The Baracuta blades would be too prone to breaking if we made them fit the Pirantas.  

One of the many challenges in making surgical-type blades is in managing the breaking point of the steel while still using the thinnest strip of steel you can.  The thickness of the blade steel has a big impact on how “sharp” you can make its edge.  And for “surgical-quality sharpness” you have to be thinner rather than thicker.   So, as a manufacturer you are faced with a tradeoff.  You’ve got very critical decisions to make in a whole range of variables, but to win on “sharpness” you have to give up some ground on strength.   Likewise, to win with a longer blade, you have to add thickness.

That brings up another frequently heard question,  “What good is a knife if the blade has the possibility of breaking anyway?” 

Yes, Havalon knives feature blades that will break under significant sideways pressure or twisting. We do not try to hide this fact.  We do, however, try to educate users how to get the benefits of our blades by learning how to use them.  Once you learn to go easy with slitting and slicing motions only, you will find our knives to be outstanding skinning, caping and deboning tools.   Thousands of hunters, pro guides, taxidermists and industrial cutters who all have tough work to do requiring repeated slicing and slitting tell us they will never go back to a “traditional” style knife again.   They choose Havalon.  Not bad for a knife that has the possibility of breaking.

For more see How to get the most out of your Havalon

Did it take you a little while to learn how to go easy with the blades?  Was it worth it?  Share your experience.

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9 Responses to Do Baracuta blades fit the Havalon Piranta knives?

  1. Dwight Cook says:

    Used the piranta skinning and caping knife on a whitetail, gutting, skinning and deboning with a single blade. My days of spending hours sharpening knives before the hunt are over.

  2. havalon says:

    Hey Dwight. Welcome to the Piranta family. I am happy to hear you have experienced what so many of our customers have; a light weight, highly efficient skinning tool with replaceable scalpel blades that has, in fact, taken the need for sharpening out of the process. Those days are gone.

  3. Billy Simpson says:

    I use the Piranta Edge, best knife I have ever owned. I am humbled you wanted to place my story I sent to you on your website. Thank You, I take it as a true honor.

    Now a question, have you guys ever thought about taking the surgical blade idea one step further and thought about some type of gut hook configuration? In my pack I now carry a Piranta, Wyoming Skinner (gut hook use), and a Sagan saw for pelvis when needed. JUst an idea I thought I’d pass along.

    Billy Simpson

  4. havalon says:

    HI Billy,
    Thanks for the blade tip. We have looked into that idea, and for now have put it on the back burner. The reason is that we hear from so many people on how effective the blade on the Piranta is for doing everything, including the gutting. We will definitely keep the idea in mind as we seek to expand and improve our product to all our customers.
    Have a great Christmas.

  5. Do your fillet knives really have the flex that it takes to “skin” a fish, a delicate thin skin? The reason I ask, is because where the blade is connected to the handle I’m sure is stiff. And the blades really aren’t all that long. Right now, I use a Dexter-Russel with a 9″ blade and it’s worn down from all the sharpening. But I like it for the “flex”.

    Ya’ got me SOLD on the whole idea, there is no doubt. I absolutely hate sharpening my knives after a fish box of Redfish and Sheepshead (guitar pic sized scales and thick bones) cleaning here in NE Florida. Being in the fishing charter biz, it’s not like I don’t have other things I could and would rather be working on.

  6. havalon says:

    Capt. Sipler,
    In answer to your question, yes, the Baracuta blade has the flex needed to skin and fillet fish with even the most delicate thin skin. We realize though, that the blade may not be long enough for use on all fish, especially large saltwater fish. However, Havalon Knives have a 100% money back guarantee. If you are not completely satisfied with your knife for any reason, you may return it for a refund or credit within one year of purchase.

    Thank you for your comments and question.
    Havalon Knives

  7. Thanks for the reply. I ordered one. And am very excited to try it out. Knives are the backbone to my business, as I am “in charge” of cleaning every fish that goes into the fish box. Big or small. Believe me, my clients pay close attention to what knives I use and how sharp they are as they watch me intently clean their catch. (And then watch the Pelicans eat all the scraps) It’s part of the “personal charter” experience.

    Thank you again,

  8. Brad says:

    Looking to see what size scalpel fits the Baracuta Blaze Skinning Blade? I have the handle, just want to get a smaller handled scalpel handle or two for back up. Thanks for the great product…..

  9. havalon says:

    Hi Brad,

    The only blades that fit the Baracuta Blaze are the HS127XT and HS115XT. If you’re looking for a smaller handled Piranta that will accept various blades, you might want to check out the Tracer 22. It’s our most versatile Piranta, and a favorite of taxidermists and veterinarians. Otherwise, check out the entire line of Pirantas, and if you have any questions feel free to call customer service at 888-836-3204, and we’ll be more than glad to speak with you.

    Havalon Knives

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