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The Best Fillet Knives for Cutting Fish Faster and Easier

Updated on December 22, 2010

Fillet knives are one of the essential tools for fishermen. These things come into the scene when you’ve already caught fish and you need to cut or fillet them. Fish have lots of curves and close areas and sharp parts like gills and fins which can be quite tricky when it comes to cutting them. That’s why you need to know how to pick the right kind of fillet knife to suit your needs.

Some things you must remember to check before deciding on a fillet knife are its blade length and the materials used for its blade and handle. Although stainless steel is a very common material used for making the blades on fillet knife, know that not all of them are resistant to rust so you must go only for those that are truly resistant to corrosion. Some blades are also made with a coating of other materials such as titanium to make them tougher. When it comes to the length of the blade, take into consideration what kind of fish you usually go out to catch. Fillet knife blades usually come in lengths of 6 inches or 9 inches and each length is designed for different sizes of fish. If you’re one to go for small to medium fish like perch and bass, a 6-inch blade will be better and more flexible. On the other hand, if you usually go for the big ones like salmon and tuna, you’ll be better of with a fillet knife blade that measures 9 inches long or more.

Remember to check the handle too and see that it gives you a good grip to ensure your safety. You may pick from materials such as wood and rubber, but you should go for rubber if you go fishing often. Here are some of the best fillet knives today that will surely give you an easier time when it comes to attending to your catch.

Victorinox 47513 6-Inch Flex Boning Knife with Fibrox Handle
Victorinox 47513 6-Inch Flex Boning Knife with Fibrox Handle

Victorinox 47513 6-Inch Flex Boning Knife with Fibrox Handle

From the world-famous creator of the number one brand of Swiss Army pocket knives comes this very durable and reliable fillet knife that will surely make cutting a breeze. This fillet knife features a blade that measures 6 inches long so it’s great for those who go freshwater fishing a lot and it’s perfect for cutting small and medium catches. The blade is made from high-carbon stainless steel which is known to be highly durable and to stay sharper longer. Aside from that, it’s also thin so you get a lot of flexibility. As far as the handle is concerned, it’s made of patented Fibrox material that’s textured and shaped ergonomically so you get a firm hold on the knife and prevent slippages. Aside from all those, this product is easy to clean and approved by the National Sanitary Foundation (NSF).

Zwilling J.A. Henckels Twin Signature 7-Inch Flexible Blade Fillet Knife
Zwilling J.A. Henckels Twin Signature 7-Inch Flexible Blade Fillet Knife

Zwilling J.A. Henckels Twin Signature 7-Inch Flexible Blade Fillet Knife

The Zwilling J.A. Henckels Fillet Knife is made in Germany and offers you a solid and flexible blade that’s made from Friodur ice-hardened steel known for its superior durability. Aside form that, it retains its sharpness for a long time and it also effectively resists corrosion so you don’t have to worry about it getting rusty. It measures 7 inches long which is just right for using on small and medium- sized fish. It’s also lightweight and flexible to make the task easier for you after putting much effort for your catch. The handle has an ergonomic shape to give you more safety and it’s also made of non-slip material to prevent slippages that could lead to painful injuries. You can take this along with you during your camping trips when you’ll be going freshwater fishing.

Winchester 31-000413 Signature Series Fillet and Bait Knife Set
Winchester 31-000413 Signature Series Fillet and Bait Knife Set

Winchester 31-000413 Signature Series Fillet and Bait Knife Set

If you’re someone who goes fishing a lot, you’ll love having this set with you. It gives you a durable and sharp fillet knife with a blade that measures 7.5 inches long which is adequate for small and medium-sized catches. It also has a solid yet comfortable ox bone handle with a lanyard hole and an Oliver Winchester signature. All in all, the blade measures 13 inches long. And in addition to that, you also get a bait knife with a double edged blade that measures 5 inches long and an ox bone handle the same type as that on the fillet knife. This duo is presented to you by Oliver Winchester in celebration of its 200th anniversary. What’s more is that you get both of the knives in a nice box.

Gerber 75231 Gator Fillet, 7.5" Fine Edge Knife
Gerber 75231 Gator Fillet, 7.5" Fine Edge Knife

Gerber 75231 Gator Fillet, 7.5" Fine Edge Knife

Here’s another one that comes from one of the most reputable brands in the knife-making industry. This fillet knife is made from durable and rust-resistant stainless steel so you don’t have to worry about using this often on your caches even if you go fishing a lot. As for the handle, it features an ergonomic and textured gator grip that gives you a good grip and superior comfort so you can do your cutting tasks easier. The blade measures approximately 7 inches so it’s just the right size for small and medium fish. This knife also comes with a hard molded sheath that features a built-in sharpener. It’s not like you’ll have to sharpen this often because it really stays sharp for a long time, but you will get a bonus tool with the sheath so this one’s an excellent choice.

Kershaw Fillet Knife (9 inch Blade)
Kershaw Fillet Knife (9 inch Blade)

Kershaw Fillet Knife (9 inch Blade)

Here’s something for you if you like going for the bigger ones like tuna or marlin because this fillet knife by Kershaw measures 9.25 inches long. It’s made of high-carbon 420J2 stainless steel that’s very durable and resistant to corrosion so you can use it for almost anything and anywhere. The material used for the blade also enables the blade to retain its sharpness longer so you’ll get great performance for a long time. The blade is also lightweight and thin enough to give you the flexibility you need for working around tight areas on your catch. It’s got a solid and comfortable black co-polymer handle too which makes it all the more convenient. When you get this fillet knife, you also get a free ABS sheath that keeps it well-stored for its maintenance as well as your protection.


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