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15 Best Fishing Knife 2019: A Run-Down To Help You Buy Better

The knife is perhaps the most important tool for any angler apart from the fishing line and the bait that is. Fishing knives play different roles. Some are used for preparing the bait while others come in handy during filleting.

At the end of the day, choosing the ideal fillet knife isn’t always an easy task. Choose an inferior knife and you’re likely to end up with lots of wasted chances. In fact, a poorly made knife can end up being a safety hazard.

With all those factors in mind, we’d like to walk you through some of the knives that in our view are the best. We’ll also talk about the possibility of choosing the ideal knife based on your unique preferences under our buyer’s guide.

Top Fishing Knife 2019 - Comparison List

No matter your style of fishing, we have a list of some of the finest knives reviewed and listed below. The goal of this comparison list is to help you arrive at an on-the-point, informed verdict.

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1

Rapala4 Soft Grip Fillet / Single Stage Sharpener...

Rapala4 Soft Grip Fillet

4-Inch

3.2 Ounces

2

Rapala Heavy Duty Electric Fillet Knife

Rapala Heavy Duty Electric Fillet Knife

7 1/2 Inch

28.48 Ounces

3

Morakniv Fishing Comfort Fillet Knife with Sandvik...

Morakniv Fishing Comfort Fillet Knife

6.1 Inch

6.4 Ounces

4

Buck 0220BLS Knives Silver Creek Folding Fillet...

Buck 0220BLS Knives Silver Creek Folding Fillet Fishing Knife

7 5/8 Inch

3.2 Ounces

5

American Angler PRO Electric Fillet Knife

American Angler PRO Professional Grade Electric Fillet Knife

9 Inch

41.6 Ounces

6

Smith & Wesson Extreme Ops SWA24S 7.1in S.S....

Smith & Wesson Extreme Ops SWA24S 7.1in S.S. Folding Knife

7.1 Inch

3.8 Ounces

7

Mercer Culinary Genesis Forged Boning Knife, 6...

Mercer Culinary Genesis Forged Boning Knife

6 Inch

6.4 Ounces

8

Kershaw Clearwater 7’’ Fillet Knife (1257X),...

Kershaw Clearwater 7’’ Fillet Knife 

7 Inch

23.36 Ounces

9

Shun Cutlery Classic Boning and Fillet Knife;...

Shun DM0743 Classic Gokujo Boning and Fillet

6-Inch

7.2 Ounces

10

Kershaw Clearwater 9-In Fillet Knife (1259X) Fixed...

Kershaw Clearwater 9-in Fillet Knife 

9 Inch

6.4 Ounces


15 Best Fillet Knives: At a Glance

1. Rapala 4 Soft Grip Filleting Knife with Single-Stage Sharpener

Rapala4 Soft Grip Fillet / Single Stage Sharpener...
343 Reviews
Rapala4 Soft Grip Fillet / Single Stage Sharpener...
  • This Soft Grip Fillet Knife is equipped with...
  • soft-grip molded textured handle
  • giving you maximum control and comfort while...
  • Includes a black sheath that easily fits on...

Equipped with the famous Rapala stainless steel blade which is known for its flexibility, this Rapala knife seems to offer good value for money. Its blade is not only flexible but also quite durable. In addition, the knife comes with a non-slip soft-grip textured handle.

Product Description

We really like the fact that this handle is made from high-quality plastic. The material is quite strong and resilient so it doesn’t get slippery after long hours of use in the water.

Another aspect of the handle that really made us fall in love with the entire knife is the fact that it is non-absorbent. It’s quite easy to clean and doesn’t retain odor.

Another awesome aspect of this fishing knife is that it comes with a single-stage sharpener along with a well-made black sheath. These two add-ons are quite valuable in our view as they go a long way in ensuring that the knife is in top shape at all times.

Other Features and Benefits

Back to the blade, we like the fact that it has a sharp end which easily pierces through fish. And since the blade’s length is roughly 7 ½ inch long (4-inch, 6-inch, 7-inch, and 9-inch variants also exist), we think it’s just long enough for most filleting tasks.

We’re are not saying that this knife is perfect but it’s certainly close to that. With the 7 ½ inch variety retailing at well below the 20 bucks level, we certainly think that this is an affordable knife worth investing.

Pros
  • Flexible but durable blade
  • Soft-grip, comfortable handle
  • Comes with sheath and sharpener
  • Available in different blade lengths
Cons
  • Made in China

2. Rapala HD Electric Fillet Knife

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Rapala Heavy Duty Electric Fillet Knife
  • Made of highest quality material
  • Manufacturer: Rapala
  • Rapala heavy duty electric Fillet knife
  • Heavy Duty Motor

This knife reminds us of the age-old corded vs cordless knives debate. And while it’s clear that both types of knives have their own merits and demerits, corded knives such as this one are known for their power.

Product Description

In particular, the Rapala Heavy Duty is known for the fact that it has a heavy-duty motor. The motor is capable of handling almost anything thrown at it. That said, we came across some reviewers who complained that the knife tends to overheat after several hours of use.

Other Features and Benefits

On the positive note, it comes with an extremely sharp blade. In fact, the blade comprises reciprocating blades which means that it cuts at twice the speed of a standard knife.

So, you may not even need to use it for hours as it can finish an hour’s work in 30 minutes. From that perspective, we’d proudly give it two thumbs up.

Pros
  • Heavy duty motor
  • Blade made from reciprocating blades
  • Dishwasher-friendly
  • Cuts faster than average
Cons
  • Some complain that it overheats
  • Its handle is a bit big and clumsy

3. MoraknivSandvik Blade Fillet Knife

Morakniv Fishing Comfort Fillet Knife with Sandvik...
326 Reviews
Morakniv Fishing Comfort Fillet Knife with Sandvik...
  • Stainless steel fillet knife with patterned,...
  • 6.1-inch blade is versatile enough for most...
  • Sandvik 12C27 stainless steel is known for...
  • High-friction handle allows users to maintain...

Versatility is the name of the game as far as this fishing knife from Morakniv is concerned. To begin with, it comes with a high-friction handle which is easy-to-handle although tends to get a little slippery due to grime.

Product Description

The knife is currently available in two blade lengths. The first variant, the 3.5-inch one, is ideal for small sized fish. But if you’re after something within the average range, we’d recommend settling for the 6.1-inch blade.

One aspect of this blade is that it’s made using the patented Sandvik concept. So, it is razor sharp, flexible and yet exceptionally tough. And if you’re considering finding the best knife for saltwater fishing, this non-corrosive option would be a sure bet.

Other Features and Benefits

One downside with it is that it comes with a plastic sheath. We’d have expected more from such a is highly priced unit. Nonetheless, the plastic sheath does a good job of providing you with the extra security you need when transporting the knife.

To this end, our verdict is that this knife is sharp and generally easy to maintain. Its sheath makes it easy to transport although we feel that a leather sheath would have been a better option.

That said, this is a perfect knife for everyday use. Its blade shape is great and besides filleting, it can easily be used for multiple tasks.

Pros
  • Sharp and easy-to-use
  • Good handling even for basic kitchen tasks
  • Flexible and easily slices through fish skin
  • Comes with a sheath
Cons
  • Although it comes with a sheath, we feel that it’s cheaply made and might break easily

4. Rapala Lithium-Ion Cordless Fillet Knife

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Buck 0220BLS Knives Silver Creek Folding Fillet...
  • Silver creek folding Fillet
  • Category name: kitchen
  • Made in USA or imported

Its limiting price tag notwithstanding, this cordless fillet knife can be a wonderful addition to any fisherman’s life. It’s powered by a lithium-ion battery. For those of us who understand how batteries work, lithium-ion is really the gold standard.

Product Description

You can comfortably use the knife for 80 non-stop minutes. And the best part is that its performance doesn’t decline even when the battery’s power falls.

And once it requires a recharge, you can comfortably get it recharged to full capacity in 2 hours. While that isn’t necessarily fast, we feel it’s quite reasonable since the knife offers a decent 80 minutes out output.

Other Features and Benefits

Another thing we really like about this system is that its battery has a reasonably long life. Its low memory effect means that it retains power for long. And yet, the battery is reasonably light making it possible to carry this knife wherever you go.

Beneath the knife’s handle is a motor. And though the motor isn’t necessarily a heavy-duty one, it’s just powerful enough to get the job done.

Its blade is quite simplistic but operates just like a standard knife. In our view, this is the kind of knife to go for when you want to avoid hand fatigue but still enjoy the freedom of working cordlessly.

Pros
  • Great run-time
  • Consistent speed no matter the battery level
  • Recharges within 2 hours
  • Gives you the freedom to operate in places with no electricity
  • Reduces hand movement and fatigue
Cons
  • It is battery powered and can only operate for a limited time before requiring a recharge
  • Not as powerful as a corded knife

5. Rapala NK03039-BRK Fish n Fillet Knife

American Angler PRO Electric Fillet Knife
182 Reviews
American Angler PRO Electric Fillet Knife
  • Fillet with ease: The Pro Series motor boasts...
  • Fillet Season after Season: superior drive...
  • Fillet comfortably: advanced airflow design...
  • Fillet like a Pro: commercial fisherman and...

If you have a taste for the finer things in life, this particular Rapala knife model would be a great find. It has a nice wooden handle and a powerful, Swedish stainless steel blade.

Product Description

Our favorite part of it is the blade and that’s because it’s tough, resilient and yet flexible. You can comfortably use it even in saltwater conditions and it will still offer you good value for money.

The blade is a full tang one meaning that it’s also quite safe to use even in fast-paced work environments.

Other Features and Benefits

So sharp is the blade that you actually need to put it inside a sheath when not in use. And fortunately, the manufacturer provides you with a genuine leather sheath. The sheath speaks volumes about the kind of quality to be found within this package.

And besides it, you’ll also get a single-stage sharpener. That’s a sure bet that you’ll keep your knife in tip-top condition no matter how long you keep it.

Although we were initially attracted to the aesthetics of this knife’s wooden handle, our view is that it’s absorbent and might retain some odor. That’s however, a tiny issue and unless you are really picky, it shouldn’t make you leave such a great knife behind.

Pros
  • Sharp, corrosive-resistant blade
  • Full-tang blade design
  • High-quality sheath provided
  • Quality sharpener provided
  • Good value for money
Cons
  • We have issues with wooden handles when it comes to filleting

6. Smith & Wesson Extreme Ops 7.1-Inch Folding Knife

Smith & Wesson Extreme Ops SWA24S 7.1in S.S....
1,604 Reviews
Smith & Wesson Extreme Ops SWA24S 7.1in S.S....
  • DIMENSIONS: 7.1 inch (18 cm) overall length...
  • DURABLE: Blade is made of reliable 7Cr17MoV...
  • DEPENDABLE: Quick and easy access with the...
  • SECURE: Have confidence that the blade will...

If you are looking for a low budget pocket knife that acts as a general purpose tool and still guarantees you a top quality performance, the Smith & Wesson Extreme Ops Folding knife is just what you need. It features two rescue tools, including a seatbelt cutter and a steel punch meant for breaking through glass.

However, we are not exactly sure of its usefulness in an urban setting.

Product Description

This knife has an overall length of 7.1-Inches, with the blade being 3.1-Inches long and it weighs approximately 3.5-Ounces. The blade is crafted out of 7Cr17MoV Black Oxide High Carbon Stainless Steel.

It features a black aluminum handle together with a pocket clip, finger flipper, and ambidextrous thumb knobs to make it very convenient for carrying around.

The grip is strong to be sure that it does not slip during use.

Other Features and Benefits

The knife has a thick and durable blade, which you can easily sharpen whenever it goes blunt. You will not be disappointed even if you subject it to heavy tasks.

It has an ergonomic handle which fits nicely in the hands. It is quite comfortable, and you can open it with one hand.

The construction company brings its firearm expertise into the design, to ensure that all the customarily forgotten minor details are addressed.

The knife will mostly appeal to individuals who tend to encounter desperate situations such as rescuers and police officers.

Last but not least, it is very affordable.

Pros
  • Is portable
  • Ergonomic handle
  • Durable
Cons
  • Dulls too fast

7. Mercer Culinary Genesis Forged Boning Knife

Mercer Culinary Genesis Forged Boning Knife, 6...
1,953 Reviews
Mercer Culinary Genesis Forged Boning Knife, 6...
  • Santoprene handle for comfort and safe grip,...
  • High carbon forged steel from Soligen,...
  • Taper-ground edge allows for added stability,...
  • Limited lifetime warranty

Are you a beginner looking for a boning knife that combines quality and value without being too pricey? Well, this knife by Mercer Culinary is just what you need. Besides being easy to use, it is sure to give you consistent top notch performance all the time.

Product Description

This boning knife is crafted from high-carbon German Steel which ensures that the blade is sturdy, durable, and stain and corrosion resistant.

It has a full tang that runs the entire length of the handle to give you a fantastic balance and control. The bolster also forms a finger guard for extra safety just in case you encounter slippery cuts.

The taper ground bevel gives you a sharp edge that retains its sharpness and is easy to horn.

It has an ergonomic handle which is NSF-certified and is non-slip and comfortable.

Other Features and Benefits

With this knife, you can be sure of control and perfect handling due to its excellent balance and weight. The comfortable handle further enhances this balanced feel.

The textured handle ensures comfort even if you hold it for long durations.

The blade is highly flexible with a sharp tip to ensure that it does not damage delicate tissue while slicing meat off bones.

Lastly, it comes with a lifetime warranty.

Pros
  • Excellent edge retention
  • Very flexible blade
  • Textured and comfortable handle
Cons
  • Too bulky

8. Kershaw Clearwater 7” Fillet Knife

Kershaw Clearwater 7’’ Fillet Knife (1257X),...
318 Reviews
Kershaw Clearwater 7’’ Fillet Knife (1257X),...
  • 7" high-performance Japanese 420J2 stainless...
  • Comfortable, basic Black, textured,...
  • Made in the U.S.A. And Backed by Kershaw...
  • Excellent knife for breaking down larger...

So you have just purchased some Salmon from the market, and are wondering what the best knife to fillet them is. Look no further. The Kershaw Clearwater 7" Inch Fillet Knife is here for you. It possesses several impressive qualities of a proper fillet knife, the main one being its razor sharpness.

Product Description

The blade is crafted from top notch Japanese stainless steel blade that is renowned for its corrosion resistance. It comes with an ABS sheath with a belt holster to facilitate storage.

It has a textured copolymer rubber grip that is non-slip and comfortable. It features neon-orange accents to enable easy detection.

It comes with a limited lifetime warranty.

Other Features and Benefits

The Japanese Stainless Steel is rust and corrosion resistant, and this will enhance the durability of the blade. It also has the ideal size for filleting sizeable sized fish.

The soft copolymer handle will give you maximum comfort even if you hold the knife for long durations. The excellent grip helps you avoid accidents during slicing.

The Steel is soft to give the knife the ideal flexibility of a fillet knife.

The sheath and belt holster means that it can also be a handy outdoor tool.

Pros
  • Very flexible
  • Non-slip and comfortable handle
  • Durable
  • List Element
Cons
  • Poor edge retention

9. Shun Classic Boning and Filleting Gokujo

Shun Cutlery Classic Boning and Fillet Knife;...
127 Reviews
Shun Cutlery Classic Boning and Fillet Knife;...
  • Damascus-clad blade offers close, easy...
  • Easily fillet fish using razor-sharp blade;...
  • Precise knife slices effortlessly to separate...
  • D-Shaped handle allows secure grip for...

If you are looking for a fishing knife that will not disappoint when it comes to slicing tasks, the Shun Classic Boning and Filleting Gokujo will fit the bill. It is ideal for trimming meats and also suited for making select cuts such as rib cracks and crowns.

It is however stiff, meaning that boning smaller pieces and filleting delicate fish will be a complicated affair.

Product Description

This knife is precision-forged in Japan by the KAI Company, and the blade features 33 layers of stainless Steel to give it a rust-free appearance. It has a comfortable D-shaped Pakkawood handle with a steel end-cap.

It is not dishwasher-safe, and it comes with a lifetime limited warranty against materials and manufacturing defects.

Other Features and Benefits

The Shun Gokujo is razor sharp and has a superb slicing motion that makes it excellent for trimming meat and removing the skin. The blade has the ideal shape for slicing through fat and fibrous tissue.

It will separate meat from the bone rather quickly due to the thin point and curved design.

Its stiffness makes it suitable for making cuts.

The handle will suit both right and left-handed users and has a good grip with great balance and control.

Pros
  • Razor sharp edge
  • Comfortable non-slip handle
  • Rust resistant
Cons
  • Too rigid

10. Kershaw Clearwater 9-Inch Fillet Knife

Kershaw Clearwater 9-In Fillet Knife (1259X) Fixed...
320 Reviews
Kershaw Clearwater 9-In Fillet Knife (1259X) Fixed...
  • 9” fixed blade made of 420J2 stainless...
  • Soft textured, co-polymer rubber grip for a...
  • Excellent knife for filleting larger fresh...
  • Keep handy in boats, tackle boxes, trucks,...

If you are looking for a fillet knife that is perfect for filleting larger fish species with ease, the Kershaw Clearwater 9-Inch Knife is the solution to your problems. It comes with a sheath for storage, and it does not fold.

Product Description

The blade of this knife is crafted from 420J2 stainless Steel that is famous for its corrosion resistance.

 It features a textured copolymer handle which is soft and has a fantastic grip. The handle has green accents for easy detection. The blade is soft to enhance its flexibility and enable it to slice through a fish effortlessly.

Other Features and Benefits

The blade is rust and corrosion resistant, and this makes it ideal for use in marine environments. The Neon accents will also make it easy to detect in case it gets lost in that environment.

The durable handle is soft to minimize the chances of fatigue during use. It also features hand protectors at both ends to ensure the safety of your fingers.

The ABS sheath enhances its safe storage and portability.

Pros
  • Flexible blade
  • Durable and comfortable handle
  • Corrosion resistant
Cons
  • Dulls easily

11. Global Cromova G-21 Flexible Boning Knife

Global Cromova  G-21 - 6 1/4 inch, 16cm Flexible...
85 Reviews
Global Cromova G-21 - 6 1/4 inch, 16cm Flexible...
  • Lightweight, precisely balanced 6-1/4-inch...
  • Edge retains razor sharpness exceptionally...
  • Stainless-steel handle molded for Comfort,...

Are you looking for a Boning Knife that would be an excellent alternative to the ordinary European-Style Cutlery? The Global Cromova G-21 Boning knife is the answer to your problems. It is versatile and therefore suitable for both professional as well as home use.

Product Description

This boning knife is constructed by the Global firm in Japan and is lightweight with an incredible balance. The edge is razor sharp, and it has fantastic edge retention. The stainless steel handle is designed to be comfortable and is dimpled to give you a secure grip.

Hand-washing and thorough drying are recommended.

Other Features and Benefits

The blade is crafted from vanadium stainless steel which is sturdy and durable, and you can be sure it will serve you for a long time to come.

The thin blade makes the knife flexible enough to maneuver effortlessly as you cut through delicate pieces of meat. The razor sharpness will ensure that you minimize wastage as you separate the meat from the bones.

The stainless steel handle will give you perfect control and balance. The dimpled pattern also contributes to its aesthetic value.

Its single-piece design enhances its hygienic property while the finger notch between the handle and blade should assure you that your fingers should be safe during slicing.

Pros
  • Flexible
  • Sturdy and durable
  • Stunning design
Cons
  • Does not come with a blade protector

12. Rapala Fish N Fillet Knife

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Rapala NK03039-BRK Fish N Fillet
  • Each Fish 'n Fillet features a full-tang...
  • The genuine leather sheath and single-stage...
  • making it the "go-to" fillet knife in the...

If you are looking for a fillet knife that is flexible and easy to operate, the Rapala Fish N Fillet Knife is what you are looking for. It is affordable, and you will get the value for your money.

Product Description

The Rapala Fish N Fillet Knife includes a full-tang Swedish Stainless Steel blade, and it features the vintage Rapala reinforced birch vanished handle. It comes with a leather sheath and a single stage sharpener to make it the ideal fillet knife for any fisherman.

Other Features and Benefits

The Swedish stainless steel blade is durable and razor sharp to cut through fish with minimum effort. It is also very flexible and this combined with its sharpness makes it very efficient.

The handle is constructed from vanished Birchwood and is very ergonomic. It comes with a Laplander leather belt sheath to facilitate storage and portability.

Pros
  • Versatile
  • Low maintenance
  • Comes with a sharpener for convenience
Cons
  • Dulls easily

13. Morakniv Companion Fixed Blade Outdoor Knife

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Morakniv Companion Fixed Blade Outdoor Knife with...
  • Versatile fixed-blade outdoor knife with a...
  • High-quality Swedish steel is razor sharp and...
  • Patterned, high-friction grip sits...
  • Blade length: 4.1 inches (104 mm), blade...

If you are a beginner and you are wondering which would be the best knife for you to make an entry with, worry no more. The Morakniv Companion is here for you. Not only will you become a pro in using the knife but you will also learn of its limitations and how you can go round them.

Product Description

The Mora Companion is made in Sweden and features a 4.1-Inch blade crafted out of Sandvik stainless steel blade. It is extremely tough and is rust resistant. It has a patterned high friction handle with a comfortable grip.

The knife comes with a plastic sheath available in a variety of colors, and it also comes with a belt clip.

It comes with a limited lifetime manufacturer’s warranty.

Other Features and Benefits

You will be pleased to know that the knife has a fixed blade with fantastic edge retention and is the ideal survival blade.

The handle is a molded rubber grip that is comfortable and will not lead to fatigue if you use the knife for long durations.

Pros
  • Very affordable
  • Easy to sharpen
  • Comfortable handle
Cons
  • Not versatile

14. Cressi Borg Long Blade Knife

Borg [Pointed Tip] - Grey
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Borg [Pointed Tip] - Grey
  • The Borg is a modern, large knife with a...
  • One side of the stainless steel blade is...
  • The handle has an ergonomic design to ensure...
  • The knife comes with a sheath that features a...

If you are a spear fisherman and you are looking for an ideal knife for your various ventures, the Cressi Borg Long Blade Knife is just what you need. It will come in handy whenever you wish, and you can also use it for self-defense.

Product Description

The Cressi Borg Long Blade knife is constructed out of 305 Japanese Stainless Steel and measures 5 ½ Inch long. The blade features a straight edge on one side and a serrated edge on the other. It is available in both pointed and blunt tip versions.

The blade is separated from the handle by a tiny techno polymer thumb tab, and it comes with a sheath with a locking mechanism that allows for a one-hand release.

Other Features and Benefits

The stainless steel blade has an extreme corrosion resistance which is an ideal feature for a tool in the water environment.

The knife features a comfortable non-slip rubber handle which fits nicely in the hands and is durable as well as gives you excellent balance. The butt cap at the end of the handle can become handy if you need hammer-like services.

Pros
  • Corrosion resistant
  • Comfortable handle
  • Comes with a protective sheath
Cons
  • Dulls easily

15. Wusthof Gourmet 7” Fillet Knife

WÜSTHOF Model 4628ws,  Gourmet 7 Inch Fillet...
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WÜSTHOF Model 4628ws, Gourmet 7 Inch Fillet...
  • WÜSTHOF GOURMET SERIES – 7" Fillet Knife...
  • RAZOR SHARP – High Carbon Stainless Steel...
  • WÜSTHOF FILLET KNIFE – The GOURMET 7"...
  • DURABLE – WÜSTHOF Cutlery is crafted to...

Are you looking for a fillet knife that combines performance, value, and consistency? The Wusthof Gourmet 7” Fillet knife will solve your problems. It is from the Wusthof product line that is always getting favorable reviews. Does it fall in this bracket? Let's see.

Product Description

This knife is manufactured in Solingen, Germany by the Wusthof Company which was founded in 1814. It is one of the most famous knife-making companies in the world.

The blade is crafted from German high carbon steel which enhances its durability. It is laser-cut and is relatively light at about 9.6-Ounces. It has an overall length of 11-Inches and has a black riveted handle.

It comes with a black leather sheath for safe storage when not in use.

Other Features and Benefits

The blade is amazingly sharp and will cut through flesh with minimum effort. Its lightweight nature makes it easy to handle as it does not strain the hands.

The flexibility of the blade makes it easy to maneuver while filleting the fish. It is also straight, and this makes it very easy to sharpen.

The riveted handle makes the knife pleasing to the eye.

Pros
  • Flexible
  • Sharp and durable
  • Very affordable
Cons
  • Handle feels cheap

The Buying Guide

What are some of the key factors to pay attention to when it comes to the purchase of the best fishing knife, you might be wondering. We’d like to take this discussion a notch higher by talking about the specific pointers to take into account when making this purchase.

Blade Length

Top knives fall in the range of 3 and 9 inches. Basically, smaller blades in terms of length are easier to transport although they seem to work best on small fish. Larger fish demand longer blades because they also tend to have a wider girth.

If you target small fish species such as the bluegills, perch, and crappie, your best bet is to settle for something between 5 and 6 inch long. In our view, the all-around kind of knife is one that falls within the 7-inch to 8-inch bracket. The small trout and bass fall within this category.

However, if you specialize in capturing larger fish such as Salmon and Pike, it’s only a 9-inch blade that will offer optimum efficiency.

Blade Material and Flexibility

The stainless steel material is the most common one out there. Unfortunately, not all stainless steel knives are created equally. In that case, your best bet is to find something that’s strong and particularly corrosive-resistant especially if you’re planning to use it in salt water.

If you’re looking for a filleting knife, it’s important to focus on the flexibility of the blade. In most cases, the thinner the blade, the more flex it will hold. Also, short blades (in terms of length) also tend to be more flexible than a longer one.

The Type of Handle Used

The handle of the knife is quite important because it determines your levels of comfort and grip. With a good handle, it’s possible to fillet fast also. In that regard, you want to ensure that the kind of handle you settle for is well-made and durable.

While at it, it’s important to appreciate the fact that different types of materials work differently. Although wood is quite common, plastic and rubber have been gradually taking over.

One major downside of wooden handles is that they tend to become slippery when wet. That’s in addition to the fact that the material soaks up fish smell over time.

High-quality plastic handles are our favorites. They can be molded to provide a good grip plus they don’t soak up the fish smell.

Manual vs Corded vs Battery-Powered Knives

Manual knives are the most popular of the three. They are easy to maintain although cumbersome to use when filleting for long hours. Corded knives are good when facing huge tasks although their use is limited to a within a few meters of the wall plugs.

Cordless knives are quite good for use in remote places although they also come with limited battery life and aren’t as powerful as their corded counterparts.


Which One Is The Best?

If you’re looking for a good knife to fillet fast, we’d vouch for the Rapala HD Electric Fillet Knife. It has a good motor and does the job twice as fast.

Otherwise, if you’re looking for a multipurpose knife, our vote would go to the MoraknivSandvik Blade Fillet Knife. It’s tough, resilient and also corrosion-resistant.


Final Thoughts on the Best Knives for Anglers

All the knives included in this review have their own strengths and weaknesses. Therefore, the best thing to do is to double check the insights above and compare them with your existing needs. And if still not sure, don’t hesitate to consider out top two recommendations listed above.

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