Best Fillet Knives for Fishing 2017
Summer is almost over, and with the end of summer fishing comes a new season of fall fishing. Every fisherman needs a knife to go along with him or her, especially if you plan on gutting yourself.
If you’re like me, you probably got a lot of use out of your fishing knives this summer. All of that use wears them out over time, so maybe you're looking for something to replace them.
Maybe it’s not for you at all. Wanting to buy your friend or loved one the perfect fishing blade this holiday season? There are a lot of choices out there, and it can be very overwhelming trying to decide. It can be even more so if you know nothing about the subject.
Don’t worry; I have you covered.
Whether you’re looking for a new knife for yourself or buying one as a gift, look no further. Here are five fish fillet knife reviews to consider when browsing in the market.
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Top 5 Best Fillet Knives for Fishing 2016 - 2017
Rapala Fish’n Fillet Knife Review
Here is the first knife we’ll be discussing, the Rapala Fish’n Fillet Knife. This knife is an excellent choice for those looking for something under $20. It's the best fishing fillet knife in this pricing that I have come across so far. The numerous reviews on Amazon reflect that.
The blade is Swedish stainless steel. It arrives razor sharp, making it useful in many situations. It is also 7 inches long, making it perfect for travel and storage. The stainless steel makes this one of the best saltwater fishing knife options around.
The handle is made of reinforced wood and is very sturdy. It also feels very natural and steady in the user's hand.
The knife comes with a leather sheath and sharpening stone – included with the purchase. The engravings are beautiful, both on the blade and handle.
There’s not much downside to this knife. The only down aspects are that the tip of the blade is not serrated and that the module needs frequent re-sharpening. The only other downside to it is that is a rather dull knife in style.
If you are looking for an everyday knife that gets the job done, this one is for you. Highly recommended by hundreds of fisherman with all levels of experience; it's a splendid knife to be sure. When you consider how inexpensive the knife is and what you get, it makes it one of the best options in the world.
Rapala Lithium Ion Cordless Fillet Knife Review
This knife is very similar to the first review, but it is battery powered for those looking for more power. It’s fairly inexpensive, making it an excellent option for those looking to spend under $100.
The battery life on this is very impressive. It lasts about 80 minutes with fresh batteries, which is a lot of time. Because it runs on batteries, there is no cord to deal with making it a suitable knife when camping or fishing.
It only takes two hours to charge. This short charging time is helpful for those who forget to charge it overnight – there is no long wait.
The blade is serrated. This could be a pro or con depending on the user's viewpoint, but as I prefer serrated blades, I consider this an advantage.
One downside to this knife is that it only comes with the one blade. This is disappointing; I feel as though the manufacturers missed a great opportunity to expand the diversity of the knife.
Some customers have complained that the battery it came with only lasts for about a month of charging. Others have not had this problem.
It’s not the sharpest knife in the world. While it works fine for fish, those looking to use this knife to cut other things as well may not have the same success. Works best with softer fish, vegetables, and bread.
Overall, this is a solid choice for those looking for a cordless electric knife. Apart from any potential battery trouble, the positives outweigh the negatives when it comes to this one, making it the best fishing knife options of its kind.
Bubba Fillet Knife Review
This knife is an excellent choice for those looking for a flashy yet effective blade under $60. It has a near perfect rating on Amazon – and for good reason. This one is my personal favorite non-electric of the bunch.
The look of this thing catches the eye. It has a dark red handle that has thin black stripes on it. The handle styles compliment the jet black blade perfectly, giving it a very intense look.
The handle does more than look cool, too. It includes a thumb grip at the end, making the knife stay steady during use. The rest of the handle is slip resistant as well.
I love the blade on this one. It’s a 9-inch flex blade that has a non-stick coating on it that makes slicing any meat a breeze. It also comes with a splendid black sheath included.
The biggest complaint about this knife is about the blade sharpness. It doesn’t come out of the box as sharp as others; it also needs to be frequently sharpened with a high-quality diamond edge for best results.
Those looking for a flashy knife need look no further. The handle is the best feature about this one; it’s comfortable, steady, and well crafted. I enjoy the process of sharpening my knives, so the need to do so with this one is fine with me.
American Angler Pro Electric Fillet Knife 5 Blades Review
This one is for those looking for a beastly electric fillet knife. This one will set you back a bit more than the Rapala cordless, but you get a lot more in return for the price. You will save up to $50 on it if you an Amazon Prime member, too.
First thing worth mentioning is that it comes with five different blades. The blades all range in size, curve, thickness, and serration. The different choices make it an excellent choice for those with dynamic needs. There are other blades through American Angler available as well.
One thing worth mentioning is that it comes with a safety glove included. Not necessarily a big thing, but it is a nice touch. It’s worth having blade gloves – they tend to wear out quickly.
The knife is very durable as well. Those familiar with electric filet knives know that cheaper ones tend not to last as long. This one will last a long period. It also includes a two-year warranty in case something happens.
If you don’t have a Prime membership and get the sale, it can be a bit of an investment.
The blades only work with this product – you can’t use them with a different one. This knife also will not function with non-American Angler blades.
Some users report changing the blades can be difficult. It also requires a power outlet to work.
A superb electric choice for those gutting and scaling at home, it is my favorite electric fillet knife in the world. The different blade options make it both efficient with fish and other kinds of meat as well. Those looking for a long-term investment will be happy with purchasing this.
Wusthof Silverpoint ll 7-Inch Fish Fillet Knife with Leather Sheath Review
Last but not least, it’s time for the Wusthof fillet knife review. This one features a 7-inch blade and is a solid choice for those looking for a knife to bring on fishing trips and spend under $100.
It does what it sets out to do; it is a practical fillet knife, and that’s it. The flex blade is 7 inches making it suitable for average size fish. The blade is very sharp and very easy to sharpen – making it perfect for those who have a hard time sharpening.
It comes with a black sheath that can fit comfortably on a belt. It’s made with German no-stain carbon steel, making it suitable for freshwater and saltwater fish. The handle is a “hard” grip and slip resistant.
It’s a very plain knife. Those looking for style or flash may want to look elsewhere. Due to its plainness, it may seem like an expensive purchase for what it is.
It’s relatively limited in its use. It sets out to be a fillet knife, so don’t expect to get many other uses out of it.
If you are looking for an everyday knife just for filleting, then this is a solid choice. It won’t win any style points, but it does what it aims to do. It’s a favorite of both novice and experienced fishers alike.
Although I have reviewed five knives here, I’m going to choose two and compare them against each other. As the non-electric knives are simpler and require less decision making, I’m going to compare the Rapala Lithium against the American Angler in the section.
Which One To Buy?
While it will ultimately come down to you or the person that you will be buying for, let’s compare the two knives head to head to see which suits your needs.
If you are looking for diversity, the American Angler takes the cake here. As I mentioned in the reviews, the Angler comes with five different blades, and there are other options available for purchase. However, if you only need a basic serrated knife, the Rapala may be for you as it will set you back less money.
When it comes to mobility, the Rapala wins by default. It is chargeable. The Angler is not. If you are heart set on an electric blade, decide if mobility is meaningful to you. Owning both would be ideal. It comes down to your budget and needs.
Both serve their purpose and are good buys, but if I had to choose one – I would go with the American Angler. It may require you to be indoors with power to use, but it is incredibly diverse and efficient. It is one of my personal favorites.
Now that you are familiar with the products, it comes down to decision-making time. Here are the most important things to consider when you buy, whether for yourself or as a gift.
- The Blade Itself
Obviously, this is the most important thing. What are you looking for in a knife? Do you want electric or not? If the answer is non-electric, figure out how long and what style you want the blade. Decide on how sharp you need it to be and what you will be using it to do.
- Electric or Non-electric
This one is pretty self-explanatory.
Determine your budget. Are you looking for something straightforward and easy? Or do you want something powerful with a lot of options? Remember, you don’t have to choose just one.
The Rapala fillet knife is a safe choice for those wanting a cheaper option. The American Angler will cost the most. If money is no option, buying both is a sound plan. That gives you both a portable option and a high powered one for indoors.
It’s a good idea to have both an electric and standard knife. Decide your budget and figure out what will fit best.
- The Design
For some, this may not matter. To others, it may be one of the most important aspects. It all comes down to each person’s tastes.
- The Handle
Often overlooked, the handle should be a critical component to your end decisions. Do you want a soft or hard grip? Will you be using a safety glove? Is comfort as important as effectiveness? These are all things you should ask yourself when buying.
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I hope you enjoyed these reviews and hopefully you feel familiar enough with each item to decide if it’s for you are not. I compiled all of these reviews by testing the products as well as researching them, so you can rest assured that they are accurate.
Be sure to leave a comment letting us know which choice(s) you ended up buying and how it lived up to my recommendation. Happy fishing!