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Old 04-23-2006, 01:26 PM
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I have seen the electric filet knives in magazines/stores but have never used one. How well do they work and is one brand better than the other??
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Old 04-23-2006, 02:14 PM
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I have fished out of Venice, LA, quite a bit for redfish, trout, etc. Every afternoon when folks come in, particularly the guides and their parties, a fellow is waiting to clean everyone's catch and bag the filets for them...at a price, of course. They call the guy Mack The Knife, and he uses an electric knife. We've talked to him about electric vs. regular filet knives. He's sold me on electric. He said he's had the best luck with just the regular electric filet knife that K-Mart sells for under about 30.00-40.00. Since he does it every day for a living, I'd take his advice. I've bought a few different brands. They all do well. Get a couple of extra blades...whichever you get.
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Old 04-23-2006, 02:21 PM
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I've used electric fillet knives for a number of years, and they really do work. My favorite is the new American Angler salt water model. It has metal gears, and comes with a 2 year warranty. Mine came with two sets of blades (7" long and 10" long), and they are the sharpest I have ever tried. The narrow shape lets them turn easily when you reach the spine.
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Old 04-23-2006, 02:48 PM
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The pro fish cleaners in the mid-atantic area use the elecric knives for the tough-scaled fish like tautog and triggerfish. They'll switch back to a manual knife for other species.
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Old 04-23-2006, 03:55 PM
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Yeah, they work amazingly well. They are like a hot knife through butter (to use a warped metaphor)
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I use one when I catch a bunch of smallish fish like mangrove snappers and such. They make easy work of fileting 10 fish. On larger species or with only a few fish to fillet, I use a standard fillet knife.
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Old 04-27-2006, 02:33 PM
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They are excellent but you DO have to maintain the blades and keep em sharp.
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Old 04-27-2006, 03:42 PM
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I used to be a purest - I have now seen the light- go with the electric and buy an extra blade or two. I like the blades that have have the pointed tip better than the rounded. They are much more versital.
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I love mine. We fillet anything from small snapper up to about 36" dolphin. Even with the thin dolphin skin if you have good feel you can get the skin off without any trouble and you don't have to skin them like a catfish. I have some mister twister greem and yellow. So far so good. I have heard that the battery operated knives do not keep a charge long enough to fillet a good catch. Something to think about.
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Old 04-27-2006, 06:31 PM
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Try an electric and you'll never use a regular knife to fillet fish again...........
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Old 05-04-2006, 03:12 PM
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I've been using them for 4 years now, usually for yellowtails and mangroves. I keep one at home, 120volt and a 12 volt on the boat. get the x-tra blade and keep them sharp. I use a fillet knife to seperate the fillet from the skin. great results, in little time.
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Yep they cut right through my girlfriends kitchen counter with no problem at all
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CAPTJohnny - 5/5/2006 6:34 AM

Yep they cut right through my girlfriends kitchen counter with no problem at all
Bet she loved that
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I use the ac version now... works great.. mines an angler knife or somthing... had 4 battery units - rapalla - and everytime, one or both batteries would be junk and would not charge... finally gave up even though when the batts worked, it was convenient.
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Old 05-06-2006, 08:52 PM
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I went down this avenue awhile back, and what I found was a Black and Decker carving knife like for Turkey and hams from wally world for 18.00 with two blades and a case was my best route, trash it when the blades go dull and buy a new one
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Do you have to worry about getting shocked with the 120v units, I always have water running when cleaning fish.
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Old 05-07-2006, 09:13 PM
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Is any brand better than the next are do most all of them work the same???
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Old 05-07-2006, 09:17 PM
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I agree with weekend.

I have tried them all...Mr. Twister, Am. Angler, etc.

They get hot in your hand after a few big fish, and burn up after half a season....except for the "Slice-Rite" by Black & Decker.

I have bought several for $12-14 and love 'em. Last twice as long as others, at half the price!
Except, they switched to offset blades. That required a little getting used to!

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