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What To Look For In A Fillet Knife

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There is nothing more fulfilling than not only catching your own fish, but also preparing and cooking it fresh on a campfire. Before you get to dig into your tasty meal, there is a lot of preparation involved and for that you are going to need some special equipment.

Sponsored Post:  Just because you might be out in the wilderness doesn't mean that you won't be able to use the right tools for the job. You might not be able to cart around your entire kitchen, but one thing that is absolutely essential is a good fish fillet knife. While you could probably get away with using the same knife that you use in your kitchen, it is much better to pick something that was designed for the purpose of preparing your fish outdoors. Luckily, there are plenty of options to choose from, such as the Controller Fillet Knife from Gerber, but if you have any doubts, check out our list of features to look for in a fillet knife.

The Length of The Blade

Not all fish fillet knives are the same size and the ones that are best suited to your needs will depend on the type of fish that you prefer to catch and cook. Gerber has all bases covered with their Controller fillet knife that is available in 6", 8" and 10" versions. The 6" is the shortest version and perfect handling panfish while the 8" is going to be the ideal choice for bass, trout and other larger fish. Finally, the 10" version will make quick work of lake trout and other large, freshwater fish. If you are an avid angler who likes mixing things up and catching different types of fish, then you'll obviously want all three of these knives, but a good compromise is to settle for the 8", which is the most versatile, if you can only afford one.

The Design of The Handle

A lot of people tend to focus on the blade of a fillet knife, which is obviously important, but don't overlook the handle. The two things that you absolutely should not compromise on when it comes to a fillet knife is comfort and grip. This is one of the areas where the Gerber Controller Fillet Knives excel as they come with GuideFins that are built right into the handle. These can be used for proper placement of your thumb, providing a comfortable grip and better control. The Controller handle also features HydroTread Grip, enhancing traction and allowing the handle to quickly wick water away. A slippery knife is a dangerous knife, so it is great to have these features on the Controller. 

The Design of The Blade

A knife without a proper blade is going to be useless, so make sure that you don't settle for something that won't be able to withstand the conditions of your kayak fishing trips. Cheap fillet knives are easy to find, but they quickly turn into the most expensive path if you have to replace them after every trip. The Gerber Controller Fillet Knife System is one of the knives that didn't skimp on this front, thanks to 9Cr steel. This provides the knife with not just corrosion resistance and toughness, but also superior edge retention. This is a great feature as there is nothing more irritating than discovering that your fillet knife is blunt. Gerber even went one step further by opting for a mirror polished blade, which provides further protection as well along with making the knife easier to clean. Of course, the Gerber Controller Fillet Knife has a full tang steel blade, so it is safe to use in even slippery situations.

The Sheath

The sheath of a fillet knife is not always factored into buying decisions, but it should be something that you take into consideration. A quality sheath offers more than just a way for the knife to be stored safely, but can also provide additional functionality. For example, the Gerber Controller Fillet Knife System has a molded plastic sheath that is easy to rinse and it won't get water logged. It even has a built-in sharpener if you ever need to touch your blade up on the go and offers a plethora of options for mounting your knife, whether on your belt, pocket, backpack or wherever you want to stow it. The knife itself also has a lanyard hole, that can be found on the back of the handle.

The Price

If you never cook your own catches, then an expensive fillet knife may not seem like it is worth the investment, but any angler with a taste for fresh fish will know it is better not to skimp on the quality of your gear. The Gerber Controller Fillet Knife System isn't very cheap compared to some other knives on the market, but it definitely delivers in terms of quality and reliability.

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