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Which Dexter 9" filet knife

Old 05-22-2019, 06:28 PM
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Default Which Dexter 9" filet knife

I want to get a Dexter 9" filet knife. Should I get a wood handle or composite? Thin or thick?

I was looking at this one:
Dexter 19193 9-Inch SaniSafe Fillet Knife with Sheath Dexter 19193 9-Inch SaniSafe Fillet Knife with Sheath
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Old 05-22-2019, 07:33 PM
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Sani-safe.
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What are you going to use it for?
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Good to have a few different models in the roll.For us the "breaking knife" gets the most use,in a 9''.
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Good to have a few different models in the roll.For us the "breaking knife" gets the most use,in a 9''.
Agreed good to have a couple, the one in the link OP posted for removing skin from fillet, I usually keep a shorter 6" boning knife as well as a larger meatier knife in the roll. Something similar to this, all depends on your usage and what you are comfortable with.

Dexter Russell Basics 6" Curved Boning Knife 31618 P94823

Dexter Russell Sani-Safe 8" Wide Fillet Knife 10223 S138

Dexter Russell Sani-Safe 9" Fillet Knife 10243 S133-9
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9" knife is far too big. A 6" fillet knife is all you'll ever need. Maybe a larger cimiter knife for cutting swordfish steaks. Dexter 1376n is the only fillet knife anyone should ever own.
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for me it's not a one size does it all situation I agree that the 6" is a great all around size but fileting the meat from the skin on big fish fillets requires a longer blade. & for working on big tuna I like a rigid blade & something like mahi & flounder I prefer a flexible blade so my filet knife bucket has many knives & a good quality diamond grit sharpening steel
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Originally Posted by lurker25 View Post
Agreed good to have a couple, the one in the link OP posted for removing skin from fillet, I usually keep a shorter 6" boning knife as well as a larger meatier knife in the roll. Something similar to this, all depends on your usage and what you are comfortable with.

Dexter Russell Basics 6" Curved Boning Knife 31618 P94823

Dexter Russell Sani-Safe 8" Wide Fillet Knife 10223 S138

Dexter Russell Sani-Safe 9" Fillet Knife 10243 S133-9

This post is spot on. Covers all of your bases.
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The 6" knives that Dexter carries do not come with sheaths.

From what I've seen, you have to buy an after market sheath or am I missing something.
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The 6" knives that Dexter carries do not come with sheaths.

From what I've seen, you have to buy an after market sheath or am I missing something.
None of my knives came with sheaths. Bought one of these and I can roll up all my knives & 10-12 one gallon ziplocks inside of it with the knives. Works great.
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I used the white handled sani safe ones for years.

They work, but then I realized there was a reason why all the mates on he head boats (at least around here) use old school wooden handled dexter fillet knives. Much easier to keep a good edge on the carbon steel than it is on stainless.
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I agree that the 6 or 7 inch blades are about as long as I like. Much longer and they are cumbersome and you really lose dexterity and precision you need. I guess if you're skinning big filets its a necessary evil though. I have a 9 inch flexible filet knife and really don't much care to use it.
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Originally Posted by afteru View Post
The 6" knives that Dexter carries do not come with sheaths.

From what I've seen, you have to buy an after market sheath or am I missing something.
the basic series doesn’t come with a sheath but they sell them separately for a reasonable price, they have both plastic and leather available..

as per a previous post the 6” boning knife and 8” Sani safe are good for 99% of the fishing I do - though I think I’ll be getting one of the breaking knives for tuna and I may get one of the wood handled dexters just for fun
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I think a 8" Sani Safe is a good all around fillet knife. The only time I go to a 9" knife is for big fluke.
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Sang safe all the way blade length I usually use the 9” softer tip for filleting fluke but can also be used for a variety of fish. I also have several “great whites” on the boat made by Dexter. Great for cutting butters, bunker or any bait. Have used them for years. This year my buddy bought a pair of their shears, great for many uses and very well made.
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Originally Posted by afteru View Post
The 6" knives that Dexter carries do not come with sheaths.

From what I've seen, you have to buy an after market sheath or am I missing something.
You can use the Dexter WS-1 sheath for sani-safe, Softgrip and Ur-cut Dexter knives.
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