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ISO Quality Hand Fillet Knife
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Hey everyone!

This has probably been posted before but thought I'd try again. Looking for recommendations for a good quality fillet knife for my dad. He's against the electric knife. He typically uses a cheap Rapala knife but I think he would really benefit from a good quality steel knife. Looking for any recommendations (no matter the price). Also trying to find a good and easy knife sharpener other then a whetstone. (He's kinda stubborn and any kind of easy knife sharpening system that doesn't ruin the blade would be perfect). Thanks in advance!

Posted on: 2018/12/10 10:44
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Re: ISO Quality Hand Fillet Knife
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Leech lake knife is the best I have used not cheap thou.

Posted on: 2018/12/10 10:56
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Re: ISO Quality Hand Fillet Knife
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From South Minneapolis
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I'd also be interested to hear what people use for knife sharpeners. Both for my fillet knives but also for my hunting knives.

Posted on: 2018/12/10 11:04
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Re: ISO Quality Hand Fillet Knife
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From Savage, MN
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My go to knife for hand filleting has always been the Wustof fillet knife. Scalpel sharp, great precision and, believe it or not, I've never had to sharpen it. Never lost its edge. I bought it for my dad for Christmas probably 15 or 20 years ago. I really only use it for filleting northern pike Y bones. Works great. I've tried a lot of other blades and keep going back to the Wustof. Not cheap but well worth it.

Posted on: 2018/12/10 11:25
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Re: ISO Quality Hand Fillet Knife
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I use the Wustof and like it, it's pretty flexible which I like.

Wusthof Classic 7-Inch Fillet Knife With Sheath https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000FJOZ7K/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_iUPdCbQ7H6M6F


I also have the boning knife for when I don't want flex, it also works great.

Wusthof 4603 Boning Knife, 6 Inch, Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00005NANS/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_6VPdCbS3C0HR2


Good luck

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Re: ISO Quality Hand Fillet Knife
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From Coon Rapids
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I like my Cutco filet knife. adjustable length and has stayed sharp for 3+ years. A year ago I was bored watching infomercials and came across the "Work Sharp" knife sharper. Looked great on TV and for $69.99 decided why not. WOW what a purchase. For those who haven't seen one, it's basically a mini-belt sander for knives. Even a putz like me can sharpen knives sharp enough to shave the hair off my arm. I've let a couple buddies try it, then bought one. Great for hunting knives as well. Planning to buy 2 this X-mas for presents. JohnnyM

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Re: ISO Quality Hand Fillet Knife
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From Bloomington
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Ever Sharp in North East sold me on the Mustad fillet knife. It is several steps below Wustof. I really like it. The one I bought is super flexible and sharp. Holds edge well.

I also have a Leech lake knife that is awesome.

I too have been looking at sharpers. The draw through ones never seem to get a shave your arms edge on them. I hand sharpen my wood chisels so maybe I could do that for fillet knives. For now I have Ever Sharp sharpen them once a year and use a steel to dress the edge when needed.

Posted on: 2018/12/10 12:44
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Re: ISO Quality Hand Fillet Knife
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Being somewhat of a sucker for knives, I have experience with quite a variety. Personally, I love the leech lake fillet knife. They are very nice, but pricey. Probably my single favorite for an all-around fillet knife.

For the biggest bang for the buck, though, my vote goes to thw dexter russel sani-safe models. I have a couple that were in the low $20 range and they hold an edge well, are durable, and sharpen nicely. They are a basic workhorse of a knife, but lack any sort of asthetics or craftsmanship. A dexter and a worksharp sharpener would make a great gift pack.

Posted on: 2018/12/10 14:34
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Re: ISO Quality Hand Fillet Knife
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My kids bought me a Leech Lake knife a few years ago, it is my favorite-
I also purchased a Dexter knife for Alaska (popular up there), this one is good for bigger fish and less expensive.
As for a sharpener, Google Ken Onion- this thing is the greatest. I can sharpen anything from fillet knives to spud bars.

Posted on: 2018/12/10 15:19
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Re: ISO Quality Hand Fillet Knife
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Yeah, the Ken Onion is EXACTLY what I'm looking for. I'm gonna go with that one. Still doing some research on all the knives recommended.

Posted on: 2018/12/11 10:10
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