That might be a good idea bobkat for helping hold the pelt edge when relieving the fat membrane after the opening cut. I guess Iíve been a little too preoccupied learning because I use those pliers (purchased from Hal) youíre talking about on everything else I skin.
When I skin rats and after the cuts are done I make the 1st pull at the ratís tail cut with the pliers. I also use them on the initial pulls on fox, coyote, mink, & coon legs.
I had the carpel tunnel surgery on that left wrist 2 years ago and was fine until I smashed the wrist last year while driving a rerod stake in frozen ground and had a serious ricochet! When you get my age and injure bones, arthritis takes up housekeeping quick.
Iím staving off carpel surgery to my right wrist now by wearing a brace. Welderís knees and wrists, if you abuse them during your career, youíll pay for it after you retire! I should have listened to the old boys a little more. :rolleyes: