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    I'm looking for a quality fillet knife for Salmon. I want it to be durable, but easy to sharpen. I also want it to be long enough to fillet a decent King Salmon. There are a few models on the market, which look like they might do the trick. What are your thoughts?

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    Get a Cutco Fisherman's Solution. Blade length is adjustable, good steel, been using them for years. Easy to sharpen or send it back for sharpening, just pay shipping. I like the orange handle.

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    I have several Dexter Russels. They work great and hold an edge real well.
    I have done close to 20 halibut at one time without touching the blade and it stayed really sharp the whole time.
    I used to use a kershaw but found the Dexter Russell's held an edge better for me.
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    Cutco can be hard to find outside of the local shows, my next pick would be the Forschners.

    No need to get all crazy with a 20in blade, 9-12 is more than plenty I prefer them only long enough to make it from the spine to belly on a mid size king of 30-40#, perfect for all other applications.

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    X2 on the Cutco, had a blade break once, and they replaced with no questions asked.
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    by far the best knife ive found are the cutco. can be ordered online and in hand within a few days. worth the money, can be touched up on a steel easily, durable, extendable blade, just a nice knife. not trying to talk bad about other products for those of your who own other brands, but just my 2 cents.

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    I have a cutco, good knife poor customer service on the local reps part. Last year I got an Eagle River Knife co. double edge. I did not have to sharpen it after dip netting. I got one more this year because I like it so much. It works extremely well on halibut and rockfish with the double edge and long enough to handle a good sized king.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RustyMonkey View Post
    I have a cutco, good knife poor customer service on the local reps part. Last year I got an Eagle River Knife co. double edge. I did not have to sharpen it after dip netting. I got one more this year because I like it so much. It works extremely well on halibut and rockfish with the double edge and long enough to handle a good sized king.
    What he said, bought mine 6years ago and haven't even thought about another one.

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    I really like the 9" Buck fillet knives. They hold an edge better than others I have tried. They are not the easiest to sharpen but that is also why they hold an edge longer too. They only cost $20 so can't hardly beat that price.

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    Sounds like your in the market for a higher quality knife, however I REALLY like the Gerber I have that came with a V type ceramic sharpener in the sheath for use on the boat or on the river, its cheap so i've I loose it on the river side, I don't mind so much. Makes a good second knife for the backpack, etc.

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    Surprised no one has mentioned the Havalon fillet knife.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Birdman2012 View Post
    I also want it to be long enough to fillet a decent King Salmon.
    Long enough? Here's a method that will allow you to fillet the biggest salmon you'll ever catch with only a 6" blade.

    http://www.ifish.net/board/showpost....4&postcount=36
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    Quote Originally Posted by TWB View Post
    Surprised no one has mentioned the Havalon fillet knife.
    Yes, me too. I read this thread specifically to see if anyone has used this new model of Havalon yet. I'm a Havalon-convert, but have not tried their fillet knife yet.

    So for now, my favorite is still my Henckle fillet knife. Kinda pricey, but very very fine German steel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishNphysician View Post
    Long enough? Here's a method that will allow you to fillet the biggest salmon you'll ever catch with only a 6" blade.

    http://www.ifish.net/board/showpost....4&postcount=36
    Thats awesome, thanks for the link! I think i'll try that on some of the big male reds this year!

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    I have several fillet knives and always find myself using the $25 folding Kershaw. You can try all of the knives you want but your filleting technique will get you farther than an expensive knife.

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    I bought a havalon filet knife last year, wow its sharp and when it gets dull you just swap to a new blade. I did about 30 silvers, a few halibut and a dozen rockfish and did not need a new blade. My only concern is that it's a little short, but with a little work you could filet anything with it.

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    Have , use and happy with both the Cutco (stiffer/ adjustable) and the Forschner (good flex). Own others (Kershaw, dexter, etc.) but my go-to's have served me well. Next time you pass a cleaning station in Seward or Homer in the afternoon see what those folks use. Think you'll see a lot of Forschners. Got mine in town at the butcher's supply store in Mountain View for about $30. Tough to get out of that store w/ only buying one item though.

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    Don't forget the Rapalla.

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