Most of my deer (and a bunch of others my buds tagged) were done with a home made drop point (bottom one in pic), fashioned at work and home, when I was newly married and broke. The Japanese made blade I got from a bud's dad, was of an upswept type (like a Buck Kalinga). The wood is just oak from a flooring project an engineer had (he was stopped in the middle of the project when he cut some fingers off LOL- they got reattached). The brass pc was formed with a file, took a few TV shows to get that done (sitting in the chair). All of it is glued together, some special stuff my materials science guy in advanced development had. The blade had holes through the handle area, so I drilled into the wood on the backsides, to form a bit of a glue "rivet". I cured the wood in an oven, before glue/clamp/cure of adhesive. It looks like crap............but then this was made 24 yrs ago, and has cleaned hundreds of geese, doves rabbits and close to 100 deer.
Sharp SOB, worked so well I never "upgraded". The lines aint all that great but it is what it is, couldn't do much more with it.
Did buy a Benchmade 530 for pocket carry, I worked the heck out of it and finally nuked it scrapping flash from a large die at work. Tired of it (11 yrs or so) so just dumped it in the trash and got a beater CRKT drop point M21-02G. It's got a heavier spine that the BM so might be "better" for deer. I only did a couple with the 530, worked just fine.
Dunno.....not really into "big" knives, there's a guy who makes knives nearby and I snagged one of his "neck knife" models. Half Breed is the name of his company/shop. It's the one at the top in the pic.
I go along side the sternum and up through the pelvic canal. No need for saw or axe, or kicking some thick/big fixed blade to "break bone".
I field dress a decent deer in about 5 mins, with no blood past my wrists...........with medium to small knives. Might have to keen up more, but then I tend to work the same area of the knife no matter what, so a bigger needs the same treatment. Maybe the wrong way to go about it, but it works.