It is doubtfull whether I will ever get to hunt Africa but this knife is african themed because I was given two of the component parts I will use for the handle. I have knives to do just about all chores that I need them for but have never had a dedicated skinning knife. I was put off the skinning design when I worked on the first high country station after leaving school in the 1960's, as the knives provided for keeping the farm houses in meat and the dogs fed were of the skinning design and I found them to have way too much belly for much of the work that needed doing, so I bought a straight bladed knife with much less belly and have never used a skinning knife again. Recently I was talking to the farrier and I asked him if he had any worn our farriers rasps and we got onto talking knives as he is also a beef worker and the upshot was that he dropped off a broken rasp a few days later. In the meantime I had been drawing up sketches for a skinning knife that had a little more belly than my usual knives but not near as much as the traditional Green River knife that is generally used on the farm. Most of the skinning I do is on soft skinned game and there is not a lot of knife work needed when done warm but if they are left to get cold as sometimes happens with animals from a hunt then a little more knife work is called for. After a couple of tries I came up with this Then transferred it to a piece of 3/8 thick hardwood wood that would be used to scribe the pattern onto the steel. When the rasp was dropped off I was pleased to see that the longer end of it was just long enough for my pattern so I got the fire cranked up and annealed it before I did anything else.