Three Excellent Options for Fillet Knives

A great fillet knife takes the hassle and work out of cleaning your fish.

December 5, 2019

Don’t treat a fillet knife as an afterthought. Following a long day of fishing, anglers want to clean and fillet their catches quickly, put them in a cooler, and head home for a shower. Grabbing any old knife laying around won’t cut it. Don’t butcher your catches with a dull knife. A sharp fillet knife cuts a clean fillet quickly and effortlessly, but will also minimize waste, giving the angler a max amount of meat from the fish carcass.

Different fillet knives are accessible to anglers, with hand-powered, battery-powered or electric powdered options available. Also, consider the blade material, the length of the blade, and what’s required to keep the blade sharp. Price may also play an important factor. Do you spend more money initially and keep the knife in good shape for a longer period? Or are you content with replacing less expensive knives more often when they eventually give up the ghost? Consider some of the different fillet knives available on the market today.

The Classic Style Fillet Knife

KastKing Fillet Knife, 5 inch Bait Knife
Keep it simple when filleting your fresh catch. KastKing

KastKing fillet knives incorporate G4116 German stainless-steel blades with a black finish. They maintain an edge in both fresh and saltwater applications, handling duties such as cutting baits, filleting fish, steaking large game fish, and trimming meat and fish from the bone. Available in 5-, 6-, 7- and 9-inch sizes, think ahead to what size fish you plan to keep and how large a blade you’ll need. Non-slip super polymer grip and knife sheath keep you safe while filleting your fish and when you’re ready to store the knife.


A Fillet Knife with Power

Rapala Heavy Duty Electric Fillet Knife
Electric knives take out the grunt work of filleting fish. Rapala

The Rapala Heavy Duty Electric Fillet Knife has twice the blade speed and three times the power of standard electric fillet knives, saves the company. The reciprocating blade and electric power mean you can cut through meat, rib bones and backbones without exerting to much energy and swear words. The 7 ½-inch blade is dishwasher safe. An 8-foot power cord gives you plenty of reach to find an electrical outlet. For filleting a mess of fish at home, this is a great option to get the task done quickly

Battery Powered Filleting

Bubba Li-Ion Cordless Electric Fillet Knife
A battery-powered fillet knife allows you to clean your catch easily without hooking up to electric power. Bubba Blade

The Bubba Lithium Ion Cordless Fillet Knife measures 8 ½ inches and weighs close to a pound. Anglers who want to have power in their filleting can use this knife anywhere with help from a battery pack. The blade comes with 7-inch and 9-inch E-Flex blades, and 9-inch and 12-inch E-Stiff blades. Blades are removable for easy cleaning and can be stored in a zippered storage case. Important for anglers, the ergonomic handle features an LED battery life indicator to let you know when you’re about to run out of power.


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