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Old 07-21-2005, 12:31 PM
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What's wrong with using a knife with a serrated edge to filet fish. Seems to me it would work better and not have to be nearly as sharp...sure works great for tomatoes. I was told by a friend of mine that I shouldn't use a serrated knife on filets? He gave no explanation just said a filet knife is better....why?
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Default Re: serrated edge knife for fileting fish?

It depends on the fish. Serrated knife will cut better but will waste more.

On big fish I use a serrated. Yellowfin, Wahoo, Dolphin.

On little fish and bottom fish I use a regular filet (grouper, trout, little snappers, and black sea bass).
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Default Re: serrated edge knife for fileting fish?

I have never needed to use a serrated knife....I don't really know why I would. The standard long thin flexible blade does exactly what I need on all game fish.
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Default Re: serrated edge knife for fileting fish?

think about it for a second...

when you cut a tomato with a serrated knife you use a "sawing" motion
that same motion is exactly the wrong way to clean fish... if you do, you are most likely making a mess of your filets, and are wasting meat

about the only thing a serrated edge is good for on a fish is to cut thru the scales of a redfish, big snapper, etc. i use a 10" "breaking knife" for everything i clean, big or small. if you keep your blade sharp you should never need to "saw" on a fish
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Default Re: serrated edge knife for fileting fish?

How can a serrated knife remove the flesh from the skin? Iwould imagine the skin getting ripped up and getting fillets with skin on it.

Leave the filleting for fillet knives and use the Ginsu knives for rope, and bait.
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Default Re: serrated edge knife for fileting fish?

Ever see an electric knife without serrated blades? I know at least 60 people who clean fish with electrics, including myself. I use a fillet knife to rib and trim.
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Tireless - 7/21/2005 1:55 PM

The standard long thin flexible blade does exactly what I need on all game fish.
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Tireless is right on the money. The key is the flex. With a flexible blade you can work that knife into the perfect position to make the cut you want. As far as the reason behind not using a serrated blade--the main problem I have with it is that the "teeth" want to grab the bones while a fillet blade held at the proper angle will cut the meat away with no resistance. I use a rubber handle Rapala knife with 6 inch balde for everything I clean which includes flounder, speckled/grey trout, redfish, seabass, king/spanish mac's, cobia, and mahi. Only other thing I use is a hack saw when cutting kings or cobia into steaks. The only fillet you should use a serrated blade for is a fillet mignon cooked rare.
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Nimrod - 7/21/2005 3:09 PM

Ever see an electric knife without serrated blades? I know at least 60 people who clean fish with electrics, including myself. I use a fillet knife to rib and trim.
The high rpm's of an elecric fillet knife motor prevent tearing and the jagged cut you'll get with a regular serrated knife. You might be faster but I still think I can do a better job with my trusty Rapala.

You sure got a lot of fishing buddies. Want another one?

For anyone who's interested, Lansky makes a great sharpening kit. Razor edge every time.
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Fishing clubs.
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A serrated knife and an electric knife are two different things. I don't know any one who can move his wrist as fast as an electric knife can. Unless he had a lot of practice in his youth.

The charter capts I know who use electric knives only use it to take the meat of the fish. The skinin is done with a regular knife, or they get hell from thier customers for wasting meat.

A good thin high carbon fillet knife will get all the meat of the bone and skin with the least amount of waste. JMHO
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Forget serrated, forget electric. A good quality fillet knife that is extremely sharp beats them all.
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DarthBaiter - 7/21/2005 3:36 PM

I don't know any one who can move his wrist as fast as an electric knife can. Unless he had a lot of practice in his youth.
I believe Crackerasscracker practices that forbidden art everytime he is in a hotel for more than one hour!
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Default Re: serrated edge knife for fileting fish?

wouldn't it be nice if all fish skin came off as easy as a mahi's? that'd make everything sooooooooo much easier.
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If you want a killer filet knife buy one of the ones made by Cold Steel.
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Default Re: serrated edge knife for fileting fish?

a serrated knife works great on sharks for steaking and frozen bait chores but tough to beat a good fillet knive I use a 11" DR and a couple of smaller rapalla's 9" and 6" for whale cod to mackeral
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Default Re: serrated edge knife for fileting fish?

you can't beat a good dexter russel fillet knife for filetting and skinin

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