Paul’s Stories from the Road: Best Knife for Skinning Deer

by Paul Schwartz

“I Forgot How to Replace the Blade”

Paul Schwartz, Havalon Division Sales Manager

Paul Schwartz, Havalon Division Sales Manager

I don’t usually title one of my stories with the punch line, but the way I was approached by the teller of this one, made me wonder how it was going to end.

I was in Sacramento, CA at the International Sportsmen’s Expo. I was talking with a few people who were asking about our knives, learning how each style is different, and how this whole “replaceable skinning blade” concept actually works. I was nearly finished addressing all of their questions when a younger guy squeezed his way through the group, and slammed his Piranta Zytel on the table. “I have a big problem with
your knife.”

Because I seldom have to address an issue with our knives, my heart stopped, I felt sweat building on my scalp, and I just knew I had to answer this customer’s concerns immediately. The very first words out of my mouth were, “Okaaay, I’m sorry to hear that, what’s going on?” He replied, “Last season, I skinned five deer with this knife, but now it’s dull, and I forgot how to replace the blade.” It was at that point I noticed the smile on his face, and that of the group of people who had been listening intently. This young hunter went on to say how much he really liked our knife, and how light weight it was. I walked him through the replacement process, and when I offered him a dozen free blades for his troubles, he declined and said, “at this rate the 12 blades that came with it will last me forever.”

Moral of the story: If you ever need a refresher on how to replace the blades on your Piranta, please click the link “How To Replace a Havalon Blade Video” on our homepage.

Remember, if you have a story you would like to share please send it to me, and hopefully it can be shared with all our friends.

Another Great American…

About Paul Schwartz:

As the Sales Manager for Havalon Knives, Paul’s primary responsibility is to manage the day-to-day sales through Havalon’s retail, dealer, and web outlets. But Paul adds that making each customer feel appreciated and happy is also an essential part of his daily work.

Originally from Cincinnati, Paul makes his home with his beautiful wife, Maura, in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, right on the border of Indiana and Ohio which makes him central to activities in both states. Paul and Maura love dogs, and currently have three rescue dogs. When Paul’s not working or spending time with his family, he enjoys going to the local stables, and spending hours riding through the woods, enjoying the peace and quiet of the Indiana scenery and wildlife.

What’s your story? Please email me at Let us know why your Havalon Knife is the best hunting knife you have ever used, and what knife now stays back home in the old coffee can.


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