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post #16 of 210
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Originally Posted by Ebbtide231 View Post

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Left to right:
Vintage Case Stainless
Murphy Knives (Ayerton MA) Carbon Steel... needs care, awesome blade for >$30
Kelgin (Orvis marked) Custom... ATS34 stainless, bamboo handle
Original USA Made Schrade Steelhead. Stainless... cleaned hundreds of fish with this one. My go to FK before the internet wink.gif
Helle of Norway... Stainless, spooky sharp OOB but just a little short.
My favorite, and it is a meat eating animal is a Dozier custom
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D2 steel, kydex sheath...
The custom maker known for his fillet knives is Phil Wilson.
A search for Seamount Knives will find him.
I don't typically carry my fillet knife while fishing, so straight carbon steels aren't a worry for me.
Besides, if you let the carbon steel patina (turn gray like an old hammer) it is less likely to form the bad orange rust.
You can hurry that patina along with a warm vinegar soak or smear it full of mustard and let it sit a while.
Go to one of the knife or blade related websites and search for 'forced patina'
The thing about titanium is that while it won't rust, it also won't hold a super edge or hold an edge for a long time.
Live everything else, there are trade offs.
If you are going to carry the knife (wet) all the time, and clean a fish only now and then, it'd probably be OK.
If you were cleaning a bunch of fish each trip out you'd be sharpening it a lot. And washing it a lot, so regular SS or even carbon would be a better bet.
So.
After all that smile.gif
How much do you want to spend?
If the internet never came along I'd still be happy with the Schrade Steelhead.
Or one of the Rapala's mentioned above (all my friends had them)
Having said that, I still may buy one of the white handled Dexter Russells... just cuz.
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I have that same Schrade. I've been using it for a long time. Also have a DR that I like quite a bit. The best fillet knife is a sharp one. I really like te handle of that Kelgin and the looks of the Helle. I like to have three knives with me, or in the truck. A bait knife, a fillet knife and a heavier 'steaking' knife. oh yeah plus the benchmade pocket knife and the Leatherman :-)
post #17 of 210
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Originally Posted by t58martin View Post

I have that same Schrade. I've been using it for a long time. Also have a DR that I like quite a bit. The best fillet knife is a sharp one. I really like te handle of that Kelgin and the looks of the Helle. I like to have three knives with me, or in the truck. A bait knife, a fillet knife and a heavier 'steaking' knife. oh yeah plus the benchmade pocket knife and the Leatherman :-)

You sound like a card carrying KnifeKnut smile.gif

I carry a SwAK while fishing
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Frosts of Sweden SWiss Army Knife. Stainless, cheap as chips and a good cutter.
That is passable for getting the meat off the rack, if you take your time.

The flexible Steelhead (& Murphy) really shine when skinning the fillets.
post #18 of 210
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Originally Posted by Sudsy View Post

I have a handful of fillet knives. Case, DR, Rapala,................ but I like this one so much i have two, one for the truck and one for home
Cutco Fishermans Solution - 6" - 9" adjustable blade and measures 11-3/8" - 14-3/8" overall. The blade comes completely out of the handle for cleaning and sharpening. I love the adjustable feature, gives it the flexibility to work well on all sizes of fish.
Easily takes and holds a great edge and, although i never use it, the handle can be used as a gripper
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I also have a Cutco, sharp blade, good design. For every day use I found myself using Rapala. Lot of good filet knives out there.
post #19 of 210
I think the answer will depend on your intended use. If you are a deckhand on a headboat then you want something that won't rust but can be sharpened on the fly. For home use, the rusting problem is not as big a deal. For me, it also depends on the size of the fish. For filleting freshwater panfish, I like a big slicer knife (I have a Chicago cutlery, but anything would work fine as long as you can sharpen it). I don't really find much use for the narrow bladed "fillet" knife. I find a broader blade rides along the fishes ribs and backbone better and leads to a cleaner fillet.
post #20 of 210
A titanium blade is not the best choice for a dedicated cutting edge imho. It's great for dive knives that are more multipurpose use such as for prying or where corrosion resistance could more important than a sharp edge. More important than the which brand though is properly maintaining it. The time to do this is minimal if it is done often. If you wait until you notice your knife is dull then you've waited too long. One of the best things you can do for your knife is to use a leather strop with a buffing compound. It'll make any out of the box factory edge seem a tad dull!
post #21 of 210
I plan on killing a lot of fish this season so I was thinking of getting an electric knife to saw those heads off, I'll check out those Dexter knifed also.
post #22 of 210

 

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Originally Posted by Sudsy View Post

I have a handful of fillet knives. Case, DR, Rapala,................ but I like this one so much i have two, one for the truck and one for home
Cutco Fishermans Solution - 6" - 9" adjustable blade and measures 11-3/8" - 14-3/8" overall. The blade comes completely out of the handle for cleaning and sharpening. I love the adjustable feature, gives it the flexibility to work well on all sizes of fish.
Easily takes and holds a great edge and, although i never use it, the handle can be used as a gripper
300

 

I have my third Cutco, lost the first. Left it on top of my truck. Bought a 2nd and found a thrid at a flea market and got it for a $1.

post #23 of 210
I have a cutco, a DR and an electric. The electric is in the package still.
post #24 of 210
dexter russel is all I have ever needed
post #25 of 210
Fallkniven their F2 model, the steel is VG10
post #26 of 210
Thread Starter 
thanks guy's i think ill go with dexter russel wink.gif every one love's this filet knife !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

"AL"
post #27 of 210
Been very happy for the last several years with the 7" Kershaw fillet. It's comfortable, blade that holds a good edge and nice plastic sheath that fits my wading belt.
post #28 of 210

 

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Originally Posted by Sudsy View Post

I have a handful of fillet knives. Case, DR, Rapala,................ but I like this one so much i have two, one for the truck and one for home
Cutco Fishermans Solution - 6" - 9" adjustable blade and measures 11-3/8" - 14-3/8" overall. The blade comes completely out of the handle for cleaning and sharpening. I love the adjustable feature, gives it the flexibility to work well on all sizes of fish.
Easily takes and holds a great edge and, although i never use it, the handle can be used as a gripper
300

 

I can second Cutco's fisherman solution...i do alot of fish cleaning during the summer months for my job and this gets the job done...very versatile

 

post #29 of 210
Dexters are good for the beach,boat ETC but if you want a great filet knife get one of these!

Wusthof Classic Flexible Fillet Knife with Leather Sheath

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post #30 of 210
MAC knives by far! They make one specifically for filleting fluke/flounder! Check them out online.Mine came with a great sheath that really locks the knife in.
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