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StocktonDon
10-15-2006, 01:42 PM
Best fillet knife?

Should you have more than one, different sizes?

I have a couple sizes of Rapala knives that are okay for trout and panfish, but am hoping to take on some large salmon soon that look to be too big for my current arsenal.

And there may be much better knives than my Rapalas.

Thoughts?

Thanks.

StocktonDon
10-21-2006, 03:51 PM
Got the largest WalMart fillet knife I could find; about $13 I believe. *It made short work of my first river salmon - a male estimated to be 17 pounds.

For now I'm set, but if there is a consensus great knife out there that won't break the bank, I would like to know about it.

Thanks.

sunracer1957
10-24-2006, 03:35 PM
Not cheap but awesome

Check out Cutco they make a knife thats adjustable from 6"-9" and the blade can be removed from the handel for cleaning. it comes in a cool sheath that has a lip gripper and a hook sharpener built in.

They run about a C note but way cool.

metalmouth
10-24-2006, 09:11 PM
Gerber makes a nice fillet knife. My best ones were hand made by fish mongers on the piers. They hand hone them until they are razor thin.

SuperDave
10-25-2006, 06:30 AM
Last year at the Cal Expo sport show I bought one of those cross stix knife sharpeners. I was starting to dislike my fillet knife because it was taking a long time to fillet and I was butchering the fish in the process. Now, my knife is super sharp again and does a great job. Even a $13 Wal Mart knife can do a fine job if you keep it sharp. I think I paid $20 for my knife but I don't recall the name off the top of my head.

Farrier_Frank
10-25-2006, 06:49 AM
I would love to own a couple of top-of-the-line filet knives, but I don't and I'm not about to spend the money, either. Like others above I have a bunch of inexpensive knives and they work just fine as long as I keep them sharp. They key, for me, when fileting a bunch of fish, is to have several knives handy as they all go dull. And depending on the fish they can go dull quickly, no matter how expensive they are.

ITUKAWAL
10-25-2006, 07:50 AM
You can never have enough cutterly ;)

drstressor
10-25-2006, 08:05 AM
I own about 10 fillet knives since I never throw anything away. My best knives were stolen from my boat back in 1976. They were high carbon non-stainless steel commercial knives that relatively inexpensive at the time. They had the ideal properties for good fillet knives: thin, stiff blades that would really hold an edge. The only down side was that they would rust if you didn't clean them carefully after each use. The blades would discolor even when well maintained. I only have one small 7" non-stainless knife left. The food industry stopped using non-stainless blades before 1980, so they are no longer available as far as I can tell.

Hard high-carbon stainless steel blades are the next best fillet knives. The only problem is that you can expect to pay over $100 for the good ones. Unlike the lower end knives like the ones sold by Rapala, etc., the blades don't flex easily (this is a good thing) and they hold an edge pretty well. The expensive Hinkles and other high end knives have complex hollow ground edges that need to be sharpened professionally. And I don't mean at your local hardware store. The edges have to be ground and honed by professionals that know what they are doing. You can hone the edge with a steel yourself, but you can ruin it if you try to use a stone or sharpener on your own.

Personally, I think that the best knives for fishermen are the relatively inexpensive ones. Just try to find one with a stiff blade. You can touch up the edge while you are working using one of those ceramic stick type sharpeners that SuperDave mentioned. They are the best sharpeners available IMO since it is hard to screw up the edge even if you are drunk or don't know what you are doing. ;) Every year or two you will need to either put a new edge on the blade with a set of stones or have the blade done professionally.

sunracer1957
10-25-2006, 08:10 AM
You can also check out Tarpon Bay they make a set of inexpensive knives that come in a fold up pouch. it contains two knives a short 6" and a long 9" I think it runs about $20.00 for the set and thier not bad. I won a set ona raffel and so far so good. RD

robert_long
10-25-2006, 08:37 AM
DEXTER RUSSELL is the best knife I have ever used for fish cleaning an
filleting. They hold a edge for a long time. This is great when I had to
clean and fillet 4 to 8 tuna. Other knifes don't hold up. IT used my knife
at the fest to clean our fish and returned the knife with a NICE KNIFE !
Yes IT did clean my fish, he is a great fishing partner ;)

Robert

ITUKAWAL
10-25-2006, 10:20 AM
Robert,


NICE KNIFE :exclamation :exclamation :exclamation

Clean your fish anytime ;)

SuperDave
10-25-2006, 10:29 AM
You can touch up the edge while you are working using one of those ceramic stick type sharpeners that SuperDave mentioned. They are the best sharpeners available IMO since it is hard to screw up the edge even if you are drunk or don't know what you are doing.

Very subtle jab Doc. ;)

drstressor
10-25-2006, 12:02 PM
I'm glad that you picked up on that one Dave. ;D

FishnRN
10-27-2006, 06:51 PM
I 2nd what Robert Long said, DEXTER RUSSELL. A good commercial grade knife for an inexpensive price. I get them on ebay and pay about $15 to my door. If I remember correctly, the last time I was at Will's bait in Bodega, they also had them hanging on the wall for $15. I first started using this knife after seeing it being abused by 14 limits of rock fish that the deckhand was filleting. I use the 9inch normally, but I hear the 11inch works well for large salmon...
Good knife, cheap price!

-Ben

fishguts
10-28-2006, 06:23 PM
I 2nd what Robert Long said, DEXTER RUSSELL. *A good commercial grade knife for an inexpensive price. *I get them on ebay and pay about $15 to my door. *If I remember correctly, the last time I was at Will's bait in Bodega, they also had them hanging on the wall for $15. *I first started using this knife after seeing it being abused by 14 limits of rock fish that the deckhand was filleting. *I use the 9inch normally, but I hear the 11inch works well for large salmon...
Good knife, cheap price!

-Ben

Hey Ben
Christmas and my Brithday are just around the corner.... ;)[smiley=swimmingfish.gif]

StocktonDon
10-29-2006, 06:07 AM
I think the proper selection, use, maintenance, and durability of our fishing tools, including fillet knives, is a good to discuss on these boards.

Thanks for all your comments. *I am going to check out Cutco, Gerber, Tarpon Bay, and Dexter Russell.

After years of focus on catch-and-release bass tournaments, often in waters where you wouldn't want to eat the fish anyway, I am a bit out of practice with filleting. *But that first river salmon was a big wakeup call: I really liked filleting and eating my own fish.

If I feel I learn something worth sharing about fillet knives, I will post. *

Thanks again.

rlammi
11-03-2006, 06:21 PM
I am a little late on the topic ,but I own three a Geber , and two from Cold Steele and the ones from Cold steele are awesome for the money$29.95 for each knife so not to bad .
their fillet knives some of their stuff is pricy I own three of their knives and all have held and awesome edge .

Fish_Bone
11-07-2006, 11:33 AM
I've always used Rapala fillet knives, been using them for the past thirty years. Easy to sharpen.

Fish Bone.

fishhook60
02-04-2008, 04:07 PM
those russle knives are great and just as good as my wusthps and hienkels and a lot less expensive

KOKANEEKIDTC
02-04-2008, 07:22 PM
one of my knives is a dexter russell with an 8"blade and 13" overall length. *i paid $8 for it at a flea market. my other good one is a cutco fisherman's solution and has a adjustable blade. *it telescopes from minimum of 5 3/4" to anywheres up to 9". it has a handy-dandy scabard that has a sharpening stone on it and is a 2 section that you can use as a lipper. *just a thought... *knives are great if super sharp but i have discovered that if the blade is too sharp, one boo-boo and you will go right thru the spine to the other side... *and that makes for a very ugly fillet. *tc

fishhook60
02-04-2008, 07:32 PM
kok i have sharp kitchen knives too always have some fine cuts on my fingers should have went to culinary school to learn how to use with out cuttin my self lol

MB_Kevin
02-04-2008, 09:12 PM
I like the fishsniffer fillet knife I got with the subscription. 8-) I also like my electric knife for cutting threw the bones of the big catfish.

I have around 10+ fillet knifes. I buy some and for some reason people feel the need to give them to me. I would like to know of a good sharpener. Something like


They are the best sharpeners available IMO since it is hard to screw up the edge even if you are drunk or don't know what you are doing.

That sounds about right ;D

office_pirate79
02-05-2008, 12:12 AM
My Cutco fillet knife is the best fillet knife I've ever owned. My Mom bought it for me when I was about 10 or 11 as an addition to the set she got. It was one of my favorite things in the tackle box until I lost it last year. I was pissed (still am) >:(. I cleaned many fish, cut bait, cut line, etc. with that thing for about well, 18 years, and it BARELY started losing it's edge last year. The thick leather sheathe it came with sucked because that thing would go right through it like it didn't even exist when I'd put it back in. I actually put it right through the sheathe & into my hand on more than one occasion. And now, I can't find this thing ANYWHERE...not even e-Bay. I've heard of those Dexter Russells a few times now & I think that might be my replacement.

OP

TeleComCal
02-05-2008, 06:54 AM
Basically, th best fillet knife is one that fits nice and feels good in your hand. It could be a $13.00 r $100.00 knife. JUst keep in mind that the cheaper the knife the more likely the edge will dull out quickly ( steel or no steel ) and be unusabe. I have a Forschner Fillet knife that I have had for 15 years now. Been sharpened once, use my steel evey time I get it out, hard plastic ergo handle, fits great. I did spend $120 on it, but I was cutting seafood for a living at the time, but well worth it.

If the knife doesn't feel good in your hand your not going to use it, and that is a waste of money.

Just my opinion.

KOKANEEKIDTC
02-06-2008, 06:53 PM
I really like my Dexter-Russell knives. MB... i sharpen knives and scissors for fun and profit and my knife machine is a Tru-Hone Professional Sharpener made by Wolff Industries and it costs around $750 but it kicks arse! i have tried every conceivble method of sharpening and this one rocks and you can shave with your blade in just a few moments. not for your novice drag on a rock type but if one is serious, this is the way to go!
speed is money... how fast do you want to go? tc

northriver_tom
02-06-2008, 09:06 PM
I USE DEXTER RUSSELL AND THEY THEY WORK GREAT FOR ME..THERE 14 OR 16 INCH BUTCHER KNIFE WILL CUT STEAKS OUT OF A 30 POUND SALMON..THEN THERE 14 FILLET KNIFE TAKES CARE OF THE REST..VERY EASY TO PUT AN EDGE ON THEM...

sethonious
02-07-2008, 07:52 AM
I think TCC is right on the money. The best knife is the one that fits your hand. A good friend gave me a global fillet knife for my birthday and it is a dream. However I have about 6 others that fit pretty well.

A chef friend of mine said that the best thing to do is to have a rotation of a few knives when you are breaking down a pile of fish. When one gets dull move on to the next. This is also good for ergonomics as you hand never gets too used to one thing. Then sharpen them all at the end. Saves time, better for your body.

PeteK
03-04-2008, 07:24 PM
little late to the topic here, as a side hobby i happen to make knifes, i am about to delve into my first fillet knife. fillet knife will be diferent then the standard hunting knife i make. the steel of choice if any1 is interested in steels is called cpm 154 its a stainless steel and is easy to sharpen and holds and edge like no tomorrow. ill see if i can manage to post a picture of the knife when im done ill be ordering the steel on thursday.