For Mammals, Fish & Birds

Patent pending


The "Razors Edge" beaming and fleshing machine is operated by standing at the end of the machine opposite  the motor. This puts the blades cutting edge pointing to the left of the operator and the blade post in a comfortable user position. The operator will be looking down along the blade edge while pulling a hide or skin across the blade, brush or scraper. The foot pedal switch controls the on-off function of the machine per the need of the operator. It is important that when using a blade that it is installed with the beveled edge facing the guide. This improves the quality of beaming and fleshing. Failure to attach the blades with the beveled edge toward the guide will increase the need to re-sharpen the blade more frequently.

When beaming and fleshing (shaving) a mammal hide, pull the hide taut between both hands and flat against the guide, and then pull slowly across the blade. Do not force the hide across the blade, pull gently, let the blade do the work. Keep the hide in contact with the guide at all times while pulling across the blade. Take your time at first so as to get a feel for the machine.

The fully adjustable guide is used with the blades only. It is mounted on left side of the blade and is positioned for pulling a hide or skin across the blade left-to-right. Its primary function is to control the depth of cut while beaming and fleshing. This setting is the personal choice of the taxidermist. You con also control depth of cut by using your right hand to pull the hide in closer or away from the blade while pulling across the guide and into the blade. Using your right hand to control the depth of cut will help you adjust to the fleshing (shaving) action of the machine,

The fleshing (shaving) path is a function of your grip. For example: with a four finger grip with both hands you will shave a wider path than if you use a two finger grip with both hands. There are situations, however where a narrow fleshing (shaving) path is advantageous. For example: with a white tail deer cape your grip will be a function of where on the cape you are fleshing. The neck area you might use a wider grip for a wide shaving path. In the area of the face you might use a one or two finger grip for a narrow path. You be the judge of your shaving path. Remember let the machine do the work.

We at the Razors Edge LLC believe that taxidermists are artists and because of the creativity involved in taxidermy and the wide range of mammals, fish and birds around the world we ultimately leave it up to the taxidermist to decide which blade should be used and when. The same reasoning applies to the brushes and scraper. Approximately every 1-hour of use add (4) or (5) drops of machine oil in the top of the blade tube. This will keep the bronze bushing at the top lubricated.

The "Razors Edge Beaming and Fleshing machine" will provide you with excellent results with a minimal learning curve and add greatly to the quality of your art.