When fishing, every enthusiast needs the right tools for the job. If you’re fishing for food, then a good set of fillet knives is an essential part of your toolkit that simply cannot be ignored. You can’t use the same lines to catch every kind of fish, and the same can be said about knives. Each one is specifically designed for a specific task and it’s difficult, perhaps even impossible, to find one single knife that is capable of handling anything you throw at it.
Our Top 7 Filet Knives for 2015
Just like fish, fillet knives are available in a wide range of shapes and sizes. Using the wrong knife is not only dangerous for you, but can also easily result in wasted meat if your knife isn’t up to the task at hand. Therefore, it’s important to make the right decisions when purchasing fillet knives and today we’ll take a look at some of the best ones on the market. Naturally, just like with most things in life, you’ll get a better quality product for more money, but you can still find good knives at reasonable prices and if you look after them well then they can prove to be excellent investments in the long run.
9” Tapered Flex by Bubba Blade
This is a top quality knife and simply cannot be matched in terms of grip level and comfort. The handle has been meticulously designed to make this knife incredible easy and intuitive to hold and use, making for an enjoyable experience every time. The Teflon-coated stainless steel blade is exceptionally sharp and will make quick work of almost anything you throw at it. That Teflon-coating will wear off pretty quickly, but the knife is quite resistant overall and should be a useful accessory for a long time with proper care and regular sharpening. For $54.95, you’re getting an excellent blade that’ll be useful in a variety of situations.
8” Breaking Knife by Kershaw
Kershaw are known for making extremely good quality knives with some of the sharpest blades out there. This one in particular is ideal for mid-sized fish or game and is especially comfortable to use. Breaking knives are made for, as the name suggests, breaking through tough flesh and bony fish and this one will get the job done. Available at just $27.95, this stainless steel blade also has its own protective sheath and comes with a lifetime warranty from Kershaw. It has been perfectly designed to allow you to carve with ease and would be a fine tool to have in your kit.
8” Classic Serrated Fillet Knife by Rapala
If you’re looking for a great blade on a budget, this might be the one for you. Known for their excellent lures, Rapala are also proficient at making top quality knives and their expertise is evident in this 8” stainless steel blade. The serrated knife should make quick work of most fish and it’s a great tool to have in your pack for any occasion. This knife is also relatively lightweight and is comfortable in the hand. All of this for just $18.99 represents an incredible value option for any angler.
12” Cimeter Knife by Victorinox
The Swiss are renowned for their famous army knives and this particular blade, crafted by Swiss company Victorinox, is yet another incredible knife from the European country. The blade is very sharp and incredibly resistant. The grip has been nicely crafted to allow for a good range of motion and the knife itself comes with a lifetime guarantee. For the biggest fish out there, you need a big blade and this 12” cimeter knife will help you to carve through swordfish and tuna with ease. At $56.99, it’s one of the pricier knives on this list but easily one of the best. If you’re hunting for big game, this knife needs to be part of your location.
Silver Creek Fillet Knife by Buck
Buck are renowned for their blades, having crafted top quality cutlery for over a century. The Silver Creek fillet knife has a long and flexible blade, perfect for bony and scaly fish as it allows you to have a good range of motion while you cut. The blade is made of 420J2 stainless steel, keeping it strong and resistant and making for a knife that will last you a good number of years. With an injection-molded sheath to protect it, this knife can be a great all-round addition to your kit for just $45.00.
8” Fillet Knife by Titan Knife
Most of the knives on the list are made of stainless steel but this one is 100% titanium. The developers of the blade were actually inspired by ancient Japanese swords and made use of titanium and new manufacturing techniques to create one of the sharpest knives on the market. With this knife, you can slice through flesh with incredible smoothness and ease, allowing you to make precise cuts through tough skin without any problems. Even with repeated use, the blade stays razor sharp and is well worth every cent of the $59.99 asking price. You can even customize it with your own name or unique logo added on the blade.
6” Narrow Curved Boning Knife
The shortest blade on this list, this boning knife gives you an unparalleled degree of precision when cutting and carving. The most famous chefs around the nation make use of Dexter-Russell brand knives and you’ll be able to see why when experiencing the control and accuracy of this particular blade. With a non-slip handle and a comfortable grip, it’s easy to use and can be effective on both small and large fish when precise cuts are necessary. At $24.85, you can’t really go wrong with this excellent boning knife.