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Old 04-21-2005, 06:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am looking for a fillet knife. I might even like a folding one if they make one. What is your favorite brand, model and Length of your fillet knife ? If you like electric- tell me so and what brand you use. I am looking for one for panfish, catfish and walleye. Help me out. Thanks for the input.
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Electric. Once you try one you'll never look back. I use mine on anything from gills to salmon. NOTHING quicker. I use a Mister Twister. Have for about 20 yrs. The only thing I use a filet knife for is removing the dark lateral line meat and fine tuning prior to cooking. They take a LITTLE getting used to but once you get it down you'll be a happy fisherman.... not that you aren't now.
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Electric all the way for me. I picked up an electrical knife that you would use for a turkey for a dollar at a garage sale about 3 years ago. If you have one laying around your house you have an electric fillet knife. I can't really tell any difference between that knife and my electric Fillet Knife from Cabelas. Best 1 dollar I ever spent.
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Well, it depends on how often you use the knife. In my business I use fillet knives daily. I have tried just about every fillet knife out there. And I always keep coming back to the cheapo - "Ol Reliable". And that would be a 6" Rapala Fillet Knife. It will last many years before it no longer will hold an edge. I never did get use to an electric fillet knife. I can keep up with most anybody in the fish cleaning house with My Rapala. Even the Electrics. But again, my knife is like a 3rd hand to me...
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Rubber handled 8 inch Rapala. Can filet just about any average size fish in less than a minute. :wink:
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I agree with the rubber handled Rapala knives. I do use the electric occasionally with bigger fish but seems like I miss some of the meat on smaller fish like gills and crappie.
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I have 3 of different lengths and flexibility for different fish. It takes practice, as with anything.

"The best" is a personal preference. I have not used an electric knife, and probably never will, because I've taken the time to learn with regular knives. I filleted hundreds of ice-caught, small yellowbass, back when the Chain was over-loaded with them. Now I can fillet anything

I too have a Rapala knife. Mines about 20 years old and has a hard handle, material unknown. It still has the best blade of ALL the knives in my house. I can take all the meat off a bluegill, leaving the bones intact, including the short bones coming off the spine, with this knife.

If you are not good with an electric knife you will waste a lot of good fish.
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I just picked up one of the rubber handled rapalas. It is nice

I really didn't need a new one but it was in a starter kit with pliers, clippers, and some other things I bought for my 10 year old nephew. I didn't think he should have the knife just yet.
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After my wife seeing me go through a couple of knives, she bought me a CUTCO a few years back for my b-day. It has a rubber handle and an adjustable blade from 6 to about 9 inches. Incredible edge on it, flexible, best one I have ever owned. It is about $60 bones though.
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Jim - I'll have to try the 8" Rapala - I didn't even know they made them!

BillyMac - I have had a Cutco fillet knife for many years. Their serrated knives are second to none. But as far as the fillet knife goes, I still prefer the Rapala over the Cutco. Probably a personal preference, but I think the Rapala is a tad more flexible. The Rapala blade is also thinner and easier to pull through fish. And lastly, the Cutco takes longer to get an edge vs. the Rapala. The Cutco initially held the edge much longer but again more difficult to get an edge back. And I've tried every sharpening device imagineable. The best and quickest is the paper wheel sharpening system. I can get a razor sharp edge back on my Rapala in about 30 seconds with the wheels. But the Cutco takes me several minutes. Try their serrated knives if you ever get a chance. They are incredibly SHARP. In fact, I once was cutting (with a serrated Cutco) some John's Elgin Meat Market sticks to make them shorter. And the sticks "rolled" on me and I slid the Cutco right over my index finger. Even with minimal pressure it nearly went to the bone - OUCH!!!
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