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what is a good filet knife

Post By: devon234      Posted: 5/3/2021 7:45:29 PM     Points: 168    
i need a new filet knife. i thought about getting an electric one because i think it would be easier due to my dominat and missing a pinkie and most of my ring finger.. but i also think that i could get away with a very sharp knife as long as it is good quality. i can filet trout just fine but crappies and white bass are kind of difficult with there thick rib bones. i was just curious if anyone had any opinions on what would be the best route for my situation.

 Reply by: Ryan      Posted: May. 3, 9:36:43 PM     Points: 2449    
I use a Bubba Blade when I keep stripers, catfish, and the like. It works well for fish with bigger bones, but is too big for fish like trout and walleye.
 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: May. 3, 11:17:15 PM     Points: 32116    
I have a Kershaw. Itís served me well, seen lots of ads for the above mentioned bubba blades.

Challenge with a fillet knife is you want it to be flexible, meaning the steel canít be very hard. That translates to getting dull when cutting bone more than a usual high end kitchen knife would. Be sure to also invest in a good sharpener.
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: May. 4, 12:03:21 AM     Points: 8993    
Walmart . . .Black & Decker . . . .electric carving knife . . .around $20.
Makes cutting filets easy as can be.
I use one to cut the filets off my Walleyes and to skin the filets . . . .then I use a Rapala Filet knife to cut out the ribs.Youtube has some super good video's on how to use an electric carving knife.
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: May. 4, 4:54:39 AM     Points: 61177    
I have an electric Rapala knife. Works well. I also have the old wood handle Rapala knife. Works well also. I find I loose more meat with the electric knife. I can be more precise with the hand knife. Ultimately a sharp knife is what you want. I have used quite a few different ones over the years. As long as they are sharp they all work the fairly well.
 Reply by: GoNe_FiShIn_11      Posted: May. 4, 7:16:03 AM     Points: 9540    
I use both electric and regular filet knives. Like others have said you loose a bit of meat with the electric knife when not being careful. I just have a cheap electric knife from walleyworld that works just fine and clean up the filets with a non electric knife. Either way keep your knife sharp.
 Reply by: Trotline      Posted: May. 4, 2:30:01 PM     Points: 962    
I use a cheap electric bread knife that I bought at ARC many years ago. It works as good as my old Rapala battery knife.
 Reply by: Barnacles      Posted: May. 4, 9:11:54 PM     Points: 640    
I've had a bunch of these things, but my Berkley is the best I ever had. It's been through a few thousand fish. Next best is the Cuisinart from Wally World discount. For some reason, in my old age, I prefer just a good old fashioned knife & sharpener.
 Reply by: cookster      Posted: May. 5, 8:54:56 AM     Points: 64340    
Iíve had just about every electric fillet knife on the market over the last 30+ years and they havenít lasted a full year without melting down and burning up. I just buy the Wally world angler brand now and may go through a couple a year but itís still cheaper than every other brand out there.
Mister twister brand make a replacement blade for their knifes that works good on fish with bigger bones like wiper and cats.
If you use the electric for filleting and regular knife for cleaning up the rib bones youíll save your electric knife blades from getting dull from cutting down on the fillet board.
If youíre loosing lots of meat with the electric (slow down) 😎

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