A filleting knife is more flexible and thinner than other blades. A filleting knife's primary purpose is to remove skin or scales from a fish without damaging the meat. It is not unusual that we also have an electrically operated fillet knife on the list.
Look for an appropriately handled knife
Filleting knives with wooden handles can be quite slippery. Moreover, wooden handles can stink within a few round of filleting. Plastic handles are less slippery than wooden handles; however, they too don't provide an ideal grip. These handles are not good at dealing with odour. Rubber handles, on the other hand, offers a firmer grip that is less slippery. Metal handles do not absorb odour at all. Furthermore, they provide a sufficiently firm grip.
Choose appropriate blade material
Blades for fillet knives are mostly manufactured from stainless steel or high carbon steel. Stainless steel is the most commonly used alloy for fillet blades. They are suitable for both professional chefs and home cooks. However, these blades require an additional, rust-proof chromium coating. Stainless steel blades are durable and likely to chip off due to excessive usage. High carbon steel blades are corrosion resistance and demand less maintenance than a stainless steel blade. These blades can't break easily due to unusual flexibility. A high carbon steel blade is sharper and requires less effort while providing a précised cut. However, these blades are more prone to corrosion and expect more attentive supervision.
Consider the blade length
Fillet knife blades can be found in 4″ to 9″ in length. The idea is simple: large fish requires longer blades while small fish can be handled with small blades. Shorter blades are easier to work with bones and for removing skin or scales. They are thinner and provides more flexibility. A 7.5 inches blade is considered as an all-around blade.
Electric fillet knife
An electric fillet knife is suitable for professionals or people who deal with fish and bones frequently. These knives provide an effortless cut in less filleting time. The knives incorporate the same blade as a traditional knife. They can be found as a corded and cordless knife. A cordless knife is portable but provides less power than a corded knife.
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