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Fillet Knife suggestions?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Bfishes333, Nov 23, 2018.

  1. dirtyphil

    dirtyphil Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 19, 2014
  2. marcinek


    Jan 9, 2007

    This is crazy, in addition to the preferences for the Dewalt TSTAKS, Milwaukee Fastback (with the same "Milwakee" misspelling!), AND Byrd Finch that you and the member panoz77 share, which I detailed in this post:


    you both are also into Gerber folding fillet knives!!!!

    It's just getting Twilight Zone "doo doo doo doo" trippy with the similarities!!! :eek:
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  3. sgt1372

    sgt1372 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 16, 2018
    I have 3 fish filet knives in different sizes. I bought them all at Bass Pro/Cabelas. The fanciest one is a 7" birchwood handle S/S Rapala which cost $30 and the cheapest is a 6" 420 s/s Bass Pro branded knife that cost only $4. Also bought a 9" coated s/s Offshore Angler that cost $25. They all work fine and they cost so little that it doesn't much matter what I do with/to them.
  4. marcinek


    Jan 9, 2007
    If you want inexpensive, ugly quality, I'd go Victorinox/Fibrox/Forschner. Inexpensive to not hurt if it ends up at the bottom of a lake, flexible blades, many sizes, "restaurant grade."

    Not at all sexy though.
  5. arty


    Oct 18, 2003
    Bark River makes some nice fishing knives in a variety of steels, including S35V. They have a larger and smaller Kalahari Sportsman. They are worth a look.
  6. CanadaKnifeGuy

    CanadaKnifeGuy Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 27, 2019
    I use 7" and 8" Dexter knifes for virtually all of my fishing, from freshwater perch, to Yellowfin tuna, striped bass, lionfish, pike, etc.

    I like a fillet knife like a scalpel.

    I've put a good edge on it, but the stainless "Dexsteel" isn't the best at holding an edge.

    Easy to sharpen and durable, utilitarian sheaths and inexpensive .

    A buddy of mine has a fillet knife that has an adjustible length blade from like 6" to 9". Seems really useful .

    I could live with JUST my BK-14 and a fillet knife . I'm used to using my fillet knives for virtually all food prep, when I travel for spearfishing trips. Add a Mora and Machete for added utility .

    Any other leads on a magic stainless steel that will hold up to fish backbones / ribs AND a cutting board?
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  7. Brian77

    Brian77 KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Nov 27, 2014
    If you're only experience is stock Dexter steel, then you would be pleasantly impressed to use some of the custom knives with higher quality steel. AEBL is not hard to sharpen and will hold up very well at 63 RC. 35vn, CPM 154 also at that hardness, and others will handle bones well. Especially with a convex edge, which you won't find on a stock, store bought blade.. I have Dexter Boning knives for butchering and that led me to make my own in upgraded steel for that also.
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  8. CanadaKnifeGuy

    CanadaKnifeGuy Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 27, 2019
    I put a convex edge / bevel with a WorkSharp on my Dexter's.

    Is that what you meant.... Or a fully-convex fillet knife!?
  9. Brian77

    Brian77 KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Nov 27, 2014
    Yes that's what I meant. Most people (like my dad) all they have is a steel, or stone, and have never used a convex edge.
  10. GatorFlash1

    GatorFlash1 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 28, 2012
    Spyderco Fish Hunter

    or Victorinox Fibrox filet knife.

  11. Silly Rabbit

    Silly Rabbit Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 9, 2010
    Ive used my fair share and then some

    Both the modern victorinox fibrox handled and the vintage Gerber Coho, to me, are the best at any price

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