For the avid fisherman the second most important tool; other than a fishing rod is of course a good fishing knife. Which one to buy is the question, choosing the right knife can be a daunting task indeed, doing a quick search online, the buyer would be swamped with choices, there are literally hundreds of fishing knives out there (check out http://www.besthuntingknives.org for some detailed reviews).
Here we will Review the Top 3 Fishing Knives for the Discerning Fisherman;
1. Rapala Fish’n Fillet Knife
A product of Sweden, the Rapala has a 7 inch blade made from Swedish Stainless steel, the handle is crafted from varnished birch, it comes with a leather sheath and a sharpener. The blade is of exceptionally high quality, strong enough to cut through fish bones, flexible enough to fillet a fish without any undue wastage; and sharp enough to fillet a large number of fishes with minimal effort.
2. Buck Clear Water Fillet Knife
Buck knives have always been synonymous with quality and durability, the Buck clear water fillet knives live up to Bucks standards, designed specifically for fishermen, this knife comes with a triple edged blade and a rubberized handle, the blade is made from 420HC steel, it is highly corrosion resistant and perfectly suited for both salt water and fresh water anglers. The blade is easy to sharpen and holds an edge well. The rubberized handle has drainage grooves in it that prevent it from slipping out of your hand when filleting. The Bucks Clearwater fillet knife’s rubber grip is currently one of the best for slippery work.
3. Gerber Gator Fillet Knife
This knife comes with a hard molded plastic sheath and a handy build in ceramic sharpener, its 7.5” blade is made of 420HC stainless steel and it is wickedly sharp, clip pointed, with a flexible blade that slices through fish like a hot knife through butter. The handle is made of glass filled nylon with a decent grip.
Choosing the right knife is not an easy task; choose a knife based on the following criteria.
Choose a knife with the blade length that you are comfortable handling, while at the same time keeping in mind the sizes of the fish you are angling for, if you enjoy fishing for bluegills, don’t bother buying a large blade as filleting them would require more dexterity then a small blade.
A good grip while filleting is essential, having a knife slip out of your hands while filleting could lead to an extremely painful accident. While wood is good, under cold, wet and slippery conditions, rubber is usually better.
To minimize wastage a good fishing knife needs to be flexible, most of the fishing knives on the market have been designed to be flexible to a degree, although how flexible depends on the manufacturer.
The most common choice of blade materials for a fishing knife is stainless steel, although there are many other options on the market.
At the end of the day, it depends on what size fish you are planning to catch, what the environmental conditions are and what you are comfortable using. The Rule of thumb is, smaller fish, smaller blade size; and the colder/wetter the environment, the more grooved the knife handle should be.
Side Note: Smaller blades will be more flexible, if you choose a very large blade, it needs to be stiffer for ease of handling.