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Lately, i can't seem to find a good filet knife that doesn't have to be sharpened after each red grouper I clean. Any recommendations?
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cleaned many a bottom fish. Many Groupers.

Dexter Russell for the money is hard to beat. I like the 9 inch version with the slender blade. Had one for years. Cleaned all kinda fish with it.
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Ditto on the dexters. Good knife for the money
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I like Dexter. Decided to give the 9" Bubba a try and so far so good!
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I have a few dexters they are good for the $. Not a fan of my bubba blade, I like the handle though. I have become a believer in silver stag. Awesome sharp knife. Lasted a whole grouper season without sharpening. On the 2nd season I finally broke down and sharpened it. Prolly have a couple hundred fish with the silver stag and it is my go to knife. I have since bought 2 more for friends as gifts.
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Originally Posted by rcurtis226 View Post
Lately, i can't seem to find a good filet knife that doesn't have to be sharpened after each red grouper I clean. Any recommendations?

What have you tried?
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Originally Posted by Buttapollock1010 View Post
I have a few dexters they are good for the $. Not a fan of my bubba blade, I like the handle though. I have become a believer in silver stag. Awesome sharp knife. Lasted a whole grouper season without sharpening. On the 2nd season I finally broke down and sharpened it. Prolly have a couple hundred fish with the silver stag and it is my go to knife. I have since bought 2 more for friends as gifts.
yes sir thats what i have its like a razer blade its so sharp i went with the alaskan 8'' blade
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Originally Posted by Buttapollock1010 View Post
I have a few dexters they are good for the $. Not a fan of my bubba blade, I like the handle though. I have become a believer in silver stag. Awesome sharp knife. Lasted a whole grouper season without sharpening. On the 2nd season I finally broke down and sharpened it. Prolly have a couple hundred fish with the silver stag and it is my go to knife. I have since bought 2 more for friends as gifts.
If the Bubba blade was like $10 it would be worth spending the money on it. Not worth the $60 by any means, however you have to give them credit for great advertising!! Oh yeah, don't leave the Bubba blade in it's sheath for long periods of time around moisture, it will rust and pit on the edge. Robert now has me searching info about the silver stag, good bye money.
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Dexter-Russell DDS-12PCP Diamond Sharpener, 12", SILVER/WHITE Dexter-Russell DDS-12PCP Diamond Sharpener, 12", SILVER/WHITE

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Here is a great video that explains knives and sharpening. It is a bit long but well worth the time. He explains the different types of steel used and their pros and cons. Also, sharpening method to have a razor sharp edge.
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Silver Stag are an American hand made knife out of Washington. They use D2 tool steel and elk antlers for handles and they are amazing knives. They cost around $150.oo but they are worth every penny.
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Originally Posted by Cool Change1 View Post
Silver Stag are an American hand made knife out of Washington. They use D2 tool steel and elk antlers for handles and they are amazing knives. They cost around $150.oo but they are worth every penny.
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Rob Arrington (aka Deer meat for dinner) loves them. I've been thinking about getting one, does the filet knife have any flex to it?
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I have a fillet knife made by J. Martiini in Finland. I bought it about 2 years ago. I have used it regularly on trout and Kokanee (a small landlocked salmon) . I have never sharpened it and it is still sharp as a razor..They make them in various sizes. I have the 10 inch classic. Cost $20.00 in the Army Post Exchange so it will be a little more in a retail store. I am a collector of knives and I really like the Martinis I have a J.Martiini Hunting knife I bought in 1990. I have used it many times and still have never had to sharpen it. https://www.marttiini.fi/epages/Mart...kot-ja-filetit

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Never sharpen? The dexters need sharpening every fish!
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Silver Stag or custom. I have very a local knife maker that has crafted a good bit of custom chef knives over the years for me. The fillet knives were beautiful that he made, but the handles as beautiful as they look are not comfortable.
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Originally Posted by lagulfcoast View Post
Silver Stag or custom. I have very a local knife maker that has crafted a good bit of custom chef knives over the years for me. The fillet knives were beautiful that he made, but the handles as beautiful as they look are not comfortable.
I've wondered how comfortable antler is to hold on to for a couple of hours when you have to filet a large box of fish. The Silver Stags are beautiful knives and I have no doubt they're terrifically sharp as well, but hand comfort is just as critical as knife sharpness. Anyone care to chime in on that?
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Here ya go...will try this rig out for the next season!



Bubba blade rechargeable with several blades...
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I have a Milwaukee hackzall and modified a 9 inch Dexter blade to fit. After burning up countless electric knives, this one is a keeper.
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I have used a 9” bubba blade for the last 3 years and absolutely love it. I know they are kind of expensive initially, but I’ve found it to be well worth the $50. Grip is great when hands are slimy/bloody and the blade held its sharpness for a while.
Mainly clean reds, trout, sheepshead, drum with it.
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Originally Posted by rcurtis226 View Post
Lately, i can't seem to find a good filet knife that doesn't have to be sharpened after each red grouper I clean. Any recommendations?
It's not uncommon to have to tune up a knife after a couple fish. Grouper don't really have scales so depending on the size and your style you should be able to go a couple fish maybe. It just depends on the steel.
The dexter mentioned herein is probably the most common used knife and you are never gonna hear complaints about it. It uses a 400 series steel like alot of fillet knives do, including the rapala that a lot of guys like as well.
It has flex and is easier to sharpen. It's a good balance between flex, holding an edge, and ability to sharpen.
I'd recommend you probably should use a honing steel in between some of your fish...that will unBEND your edge which is often the issue, not sharpening. Make that sharp edge straight again.
The bubba, who I was sponsored by before they got purchased by a big conglomerate, is marketed to newer fisherman with the cool handle, but the steel is harder than what most regular fisherman like. This allows it to hold an edge for a long period, perfect for new
fisherman that don't know how to sharpen or just do not, something we are all guilty of I'm sure. The down side is that this harder steel is more brittle, it breaks, and harder to sharpen.
I am currently sponsored by Smiths Products, an AK company in business since 1886 and most of you have been using their sharpeners for decades whether you know it or not. They started making knives a couple years back that use a similar 400 series SS very similar to
the Dexter and Rapala and others. THis maybe against some rule or something but if you DM me I have a 15% off code and free shipping. Get yourself a sharpener too and learn to use it, EVERY knife sucks if it's not sharp and every knife works a lot better when sharp. Safer too. I did knife/sharpening demo's at Shot Show this year.

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