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 Post subject: Fillet knives
PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2012 12:02 pm 
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What's the best fillet knife available? Anyone use an electric model?


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 Post subject: Re: Fillet knives
PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2012 12:39 pm 
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I know you want the best, but I have found that those cheap Rapala wooden-handled fillet knives (around $13) has lasted longer than a lot of other fillet knives I've owned. I've got one that I've had for more than 5 years...

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 Post subject: Re: Fillet knives
PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2012 1:24 pm 
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http://www.northcoastknives.com/northcoast_knives_Blades5.htm

Make your own for a few bucks more, and you've got a quality knife built just the way you want it, that'll last a lifetime!


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 Post subject: Re: Fillet knives
PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2012 9:50 pm 
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Forshner, Forshner, Forshner... trust me


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2012 8:24 am 
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Elgeebee wrote:
I know you want the best, but I have found that those cheap Rapala wooden-handled fillet knives (around $13) has lasted longer than a lot of other fillet knives I've owned. I've got one that I've had for more than 5 years...


My wooden handle Rapala knife is at least 3 decades old and has outlasted many expensive knives.

My son has a Buck folding fillet knife, which is about the same age. He uses it for his hunting fillet the meat to back pack it out, as his duck breast filleting and other critters.

I have a 8 inch H&K fillet knife which my wife bought. It matches her knife set. It has the non slip composite handle that never soaks up blood, water or whatever. I use it for the bigger fish. Often Costco and the fish markets up here will have Halibut and large chunks of Salmon at a big savings in you can fillet the chunks. Between the two knifes, filleting is no problem.

Two cautions with fillet knives:

1. They are not meat/bone saws or axes. Never use them in that manner.
2. If they are as sharp as they should be. Be very careful using them or you might fillet :| a finger or part of your hand.

When you own a fillet knife or any knife, sharpening them for most us is a challenge and can be expensive re some of sharpeners. Most of them never work for me.

What works best and the easiest is to use the bottom of any ceramic coffee mug. It is fast and a lot safer than most knife sharpeners. After I get the edge the first time with any knife, which takes a couple of minutes, the coffee mug can rehone my knives in about a minute per side. I try to use the coffee mug after each use.

This system works with every knife with the exception of the serrated blades.
The youtube video shows how easy, simple and effective the bottom of a coffee mug is to sharpen a knife. I find this to be a lot safer, easier and faster than any commericial knife sharper.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TqXh2E3Auk

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 Post subject: Re: Fillet knives
PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2013 7:29 pm 
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pmojoe389 wrote:
What's the best fillet knife available? Anyone use an electric model?


I know that you prefer to use more advance fillet knives...As for me i prefer to introduce to you 7-Inch Flexible Blade Fillet Knife....nice and easy to use. :)


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 Post subject: Re: Fillet knives
PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 2:12 pm 
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This topic came up recently on another talk forum, and there were a lot of solid recommendations for Dexter Russel commercial fillet knives. I haven't ordered one yet, but I likely will. http://www.fishermansheadquarters.com/equip_knives_dexterrussel.htm

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 Post subject: Re: Fillet knives
PostPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2013 6:13 pm 
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yea, for no frills straight-up butcher shop style fillet knives, you cannot beat Dexter Russell. almost every seafood market on the coast of anyplace uses them. gotta be something to that. i prefer the DR for delicate fish, and smaller fish. i have a 10" that is probably 7 or 8 years old, and other than a stained handle, the blade is still first rate. i use a sharpening steel to sharpen. NEVER those cheap little sharpening tool things. those will roast a blade.

also, i have had 2 electrics and i really like them. for fish with tough skin or scales--like red snapper, sheepshead or trigger fish, the electric makes the work a lot easier.

but, lol, i have a couple of the Rapalas too. these i consider 'disposable'. the tang stops short of the handle and the steel is apt to 'splinter' on the edge. if the blade brakes at the tang, you aren not out a lot of $$. but for the money, its hard to beat. buy one, use a season and toss in the tool pile and buy another next season.

cheers.
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 Post subject: Re: Fillet knives
PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2013 8:26 am 
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http://www.bubbablade.com/

The last knife you will buy or need. :shock:

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 Post subject: Re: Fillet knives
PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2013 8:52 am 
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Buy the cheapest fillet knife you can get and just keep it sharp. When it is worn out, just toss it and buy another. Sharpness is the key here... not how expensive.


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 Post subject: Re: Fillet knives
PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2013 12:41 pm 
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That BubbaBlade was the reason why I went researching fillet knives. The reviews for the BB are just awful. The knife most often mentioned and recommended was the Dexter Russel.

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 Post subject: Re: Fillet knives
PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2013 3:10 pm 
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I have to second the Forshner.

Of equal importance is the Chef's Choice Edge Select 120 sharpener.


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 Post subject: Re: Fillet knives
PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2013 6:35 pm 
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If you want the best fillet knife get a Cutco Fishermans Solution! Hands down best fillet knife you will ever own. These knives are length adjustable with a simple lock release and slide blade. Handle is very comfortable and weighted perfectly. Comes in Black, Green or Orange.
http://www.cutco.com/products/product.j ... Group=5721
I have 1 in every boat and 2 in the house. Comes with a fish gripping sheath with knife sharpener and hook sharpener.


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 Post subject: Re: Fillet knives
PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 9:14 am 
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I also have the Cutco Fishermans Solution and I really like it.

I use it for cleaning fish and also for an everyday kitchen knife.


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 Post subject: Re: Fillet knives
PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 6:11 am 
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Dexter Russell makes great knives (all types), but their filleting knives are great.

You will see their white handles in many a fish market (at least in North Carolina) as they are a favorite of the commercial guys...


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