What to Consider When Choosing the Best Fillet Knives

When designing the best fillet knife, manufacturers have to consider certain customer preferences in order to get the maximum from the tool. This requisites act as a guide to choosing the best fillet knife for the fisherman. Getting the priorities right is pivotal to the selection process. What exactly do you need to look at when choosing a good fillet knife? I can say what to prioritize may vary considerably from one fisherman to another. There are certain fundamental specifications that rarely vary with the individual angler.chosing the best fillet-knife

How to  Choose the Best Fillet Knife

What features best explain an efficient fillet knife? Virtually they are so many I cannot limit them to a given figure. These standard parameters include:
  • The Handle
Fillet knife rookies often fail to realize the effects of the handle in the fish cleaning process. The handle is significant to the overall performance of the fillet knife. A good fillet knife should at least have an ergonomic handle. This aids in relieving stress on the finger joints when using it. It should also be textured to ensure it does not slip especially when wet. This texture provides a firm grip that is often comfortable for the fisherman. The types of fillet knife handles vary from metal handles, wooden or synthetics each characterized by different strengths. Shopping is reading customers’ fillet knife reviews carefully
  • Length and Durability of the fillet knife's blade
Another factor you should put into thorough consideration is the blade. A good fillet knife should have a long, thin durable blade. It would not make any sense going back for a replacement fillet knife a couple of weeks after the initial purchase. Shopping for the fillet knife with the desired blade characteristics is recommended.
  • The Flexibility of the Blade
While choosing the fillet knife, you should go for a knife with a flexible blade. It not only makes clean cuts, but also allows efficient gutting at nearly impossible angles.
  • The Width of the Fillet Knife
Pick a fillet knife with a reasonable width. If possible go for a fillet knife with a small width. A small width ensures precision while making the cut.
  • The intended purpose of the fillet knife
Your choice of the best fillet knives is greatly influenced by the magnitude of the fish you are going to clean. A large fish will require a larger fillet knife. For instance an electric fillet knife is best suited to filleting large fish such as the cat fish.
  • The Thickness of the Blade
A relatively thicker blade does a shoddy job. It may prove to be an unforgettable nightmare especially when used by a newbie. Generally, choose the best fillet knives is not an easy task. Without proper guidance you may find yourself purchasing the exact opposite of what you needed. If you experience any difficulties, it is better to seek for the opinion of an expert. By the end of the day you need a good fillet knife to put your freshly caught fish delicacy on the table. [...]

General Outlook on Fillet Knife

Each knife is manufactured with a rather unique intended purpose. It is this specific purpose that is used to categorize the different types of knives. Although some knives can be used for multiple chores, they often result to poor quality and also may cause injuries that can otherwise be avoided. Among these type of knives that are used for a solo purpose efficiently is the fillet knife. fillet knife

What is a fillet knife?

Constituted by a long thin blade that can sometimes be pointed and a textured handle, a fillet knife is a unique kind of knife that is used by those in the fishing industry. It is used to remove filets along the back bone and the fish's skin. There are different types of fillet knife designed to handle tasks of different magnitudes.

Types of Fillet Knife

Fillet knife can be classified into two major categories in accordance with the mode of action or working mechanism and size.

Electric fillet knives

Electric fillet knife require electric energy to operate and is mainly used in large scale industry. In most cases they are either powered by the household’s current or rechargeable batteries. Although they are heavier than their counterparts, they are generally efficient. Electric fillet knives are often preferred by individuals who cook more than one type of fish.

Manual fillet knives

They are hand operated and require no electric power to remove fillets. They are further divided into two categories:
  1. The folding fillet knife – They can be folded or unfolded before and after a cleaning session.
  2. The flexible fillet knife- They have long thin blades to provide flex when filleting at a very tight angle.

Characteristic of a Good Fillet Knife

  • A proficient fillet knife should have an ergonomic handle designed to eliminate any form of stress on the fingers.
  • It should have a stainless steel blade jagged on the edge to allow ease in cleaning the fish.
  • It should be of the desired size depending on the size of the fish to be cleaned.
  • A good fillet knife should be sharp at all times. If the blade becomes dull sharpening should be carried out to avoid damaging the fish.

Maintaining a Fillet Knife

Just like other tools, maintaining a fillet knife is paramount to a productive knife. What measures should you put in place to ensure maximum productivity?
  • Clean and dry the blade with a dish towel after every session to avoid corrosion.
  • Store the fillet knife properly after use. If possible I would recommend storing it in a knife block. Avoid storing it in a drawer by all means. Storing the fillet knife in a drawer may result in a bended blade or even injuries.
  • Sharpen the blade on a regular basis. This not only ensures precise cuts but also provides ease of use.
Fillet knives are gradually becoming part of our fishing culture. Knowing what type of fillet knife to use at what time and on what fish is vital for successful filleting. If used properly they can be more effective than a normal kitchen knife. [...]

How to Sharpen and Maintain a Sharp Fillet Knife

Believe it or not chances of you hurting yourself or others with a blunt fillet knife are twice as high as that of a sharp fillet knife. Sharp fillet knives are much safer to use and pose little danger to the angler. After a long day fishing there is nothing as disappointing as realizing your filleting tool is dull. Preparing a fish delicacy is supposed to be a fun affair rather than a total bore. For most fishermen, this is the hardest, most involving part of the fishing escapade. The secret to a less boring fish cleaning process is a sharp knife. So what do you do when your fillet knife is dull? The answer is straightforward. Sharpen the fillet knife. But how do you go about it?

How to Sharpen a Fillet Knife

How To Sharpen A Fillet KnifeThere are two stages to attaining and maintaining an excellent fillet's knife cutting edge .Basically what sharpening does is removing metal fragments leaving a fine cutting edge. To sharpen a blunt fillet knife, you need oil for lubrication and a diamond stone or a water stone. Both the diamond stone and the water stone can substitute each other. Gizmo sharpeners aren’t advisable since they make the edge thicker over time rendering the fillet knife ruined.

The Fillet Knife Sharpening Procedure

  1. Soak the sharpening stone in a glass of water for a couple of minutes.
  2. Place the sharpening stone on a flat surface with the narrow side facing away from your body.
  3. While holding the stone with one hand, place the cutting edge of the fillet knife at an angle (23°) with the stone.
  4. Move the knife across the surface of the stone for about 8 times.
  5. Turn the knife to the other side
  6. With the sharp edge facing you this time, place the fillet knife at the top of the stone at an angle of 23°
  7. Again move the knife across the surface of the stone about 8 times.
  8. Repeat procedures 4 and 7 in an alternating manner. Do this for the same number of times for either sides of the thin blade.

Sometimes it may be hard to attain the desired sharpness.

Maintaining a Sharp Fillet Knife

  • To maintain a sharp fillet knife, proper usage of the knife is recommended. This means the knife should not be used in doing other chores apart from removing fillets.
  • Sharpening the knife before using has also been proved to help preserve the sharpness of the knife.
  • Another secret to a sharp fillet knife is proper storage. Storing the knife carelessly may take a toll on the knife’s blade. To avoid this, store the knife in a knife block. You can also store it alone in a jar in an upright position with the handle facing down. This ensures the blade doesn’t lose sharpness from bending.
The fillet knife sharpening process is an easy task to accomplish. To achieve the preferred degree of sharpness that will suit your preference a step by step follow up on the sharpening procedure is inevitable. [...]