Choosing the Best Fillet Knives

Choosing the Best Fillet Knives for Your Next Fishing Trip

Whether you’re planning a fishing trip, you’re getting ready to prepare a fish dinner at home, or you’ve got plans to do both, you’re going to need a good fillet knife at your side. Here’s a short guide on picking the best fillet knife for your needs.

Why You Need a Fillet Knife

When you’re dealing with our fine, scaly friends, you need to make sure you’ve got the right tools for the job. Fillet knives are designed specifically to aid in — you guessed it — filleting fish. You don’t want to serve something with scales and bones sticking out of it, do you?

That’s where fillet knives come in. It takes more than a steady hand to prepare fish to be cooked and served. You need a blade with a razor-sharp edge and a shape and grip that provide precision control. The best fillet knives provide you with just that, even if it’s up to you to be the one carefully cleaning that fish you caught.

Don’t Get Boned

If you’re packing for your next fishing trip or preparing your next culinary masterpiece, do yourself a favor and make sure you’re not substituting a different type of knife for a fillet knife. Specifically, don’t reach for the boning knife, even though they may look and feel similar in your hand.

Boning knives, to their credit, can and do work much the same way that fillet knives do. However, fillet knives have a specific curve to them and are much more flexible than boning knives, making them much better for filleting fish and offering better precision and control. Keep the boning knife when you’re working with beef, chicken, pork, or any other larger and more robust cuts of meat.

Why Choosing the Best Fillet Knives

There’s a lot to keep in mind when shopping for in a good fillet knife. Here’s a list of some of the best points to consider when you’re making your choice.

  • Handle: Cleaning fish can be slippery work. Make sure the handle of your fillet knife is made of a non-slip material or that it has a textured grip. The last thing you want is to send fillet knives flying across the kitchen or even right off the gunwales of your fishing boat!
  • Blade Steel: The steel used in the blade of your fillet knife most certainly makes a difference. Whether you’re going on freshwater or saltwater fishing trips, you’ll benefit from high-quality 440 carbon stainless steel, or at least steel that’s been treated with a non-stick coating, as this will keep your blade in the best shape.
  • Knife Sheath: While you might not need this if you keep your fillet knives in your knife drawer or in a knife block, if you go on fishing trips with your fillet knife you’re going to need a good sheath. This keeps the blade secure while not in use, prevents excess wear and tear, and, in the case of a sheath that clips to your belt, ensures you won’t lose or misplace it!

About the Author Miguel L. Sosa

I am Miguel L. Sosa, emerging as a professional write in my blog justknife.com. From early of my starting studying life I used to feel good about reading & writing. No matter what happens to me, I start to write about hunting, kitchen, outdoor, knife in my blog. I feel very good when i had written about those things actually writing is my passion.

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