Having quality knives should be a high priority for every home cook. Good knives result in more even cuts, and having a good knife will also save a lot of work. It’s also important to make sure you’re using the right knife for the task at hand. Trying to cut food with a dull blade or the wrong knife means you’ll be working harder than necessary.
One kind of knife that sometimes gets overlooked is the fillet knife. If you eat fish, dealing with bones can be a pesky problem. An uneven cut of bread is no less edible, but a poorly filleted fish is an unpleasant eating experience and can even present a choking hazard. Some tasks can easily be handled by different kinds of knives, but removing bones should be left to a boning or fillet knife.
Many boning knives can be used for fish, but there is a difference between boning and fillet knives. Specialized fillet knives are thin and flexible, making them good for maneuvering through cuts of fish. Boning knives are thicker, straighter, and less flexible, making them better suited to tougher pieces of meat like beef and pork. These are some of our favorite fillet knives.
1. Victorinox Curved Boning Knife
Victorinox is best known as the manufacturer behind the Swiss Army Knife, and they also make a wide variety of reliable and reasonably priced kitchen knives. This is listed as a boning knife, but it’s well suited for fish; it has a curved, flexible blade like a fillet knife. This listing makes it easy to also choose between semi-stiff and stiff blades if you also need a knife for meat. The blade is 6 inches.
Pros: Sharp, high quality blade, made by a top name in knife manufacturing. Available in various stiffness options and blade shapes.
Cons: Requires frequent sharpening. 6-inches may be short for some.
2. KastKing Fillet Knife 9 inch
The fillet knives on this listing range between 6″, 7″, and 9,” so it’s easy to find the one that you’re most comfortable with. It has a unique, textured orange grip and black blade, and there’s a loop on the end if you want to hang it from a hook. It also comes with an orange blade cover. The knife is made from German stainless steel, and it’s flexible and bendy for efficient filleting.
Pros: Textured polymer grip for a comfortable grip, unique orange and black look, comes with a slotted sheath.
Cons: May not be very sharp out of the box, meaning it might need to be sharpened.
3. Mercer Culinary Millennia Narrow Fillet Knife
Mercer Culinary makes a lot of affordable knives, and you can choose between most major kinds of knives from this listing. Their fillet knife has an 8-inch Japanese steel blade. Various features are designed for comfortable and safe holding. A curved handle makes it comfortable, and there’s a large guard with a textured grip at the end to protect the user’s fingers.
Pros: Well-designed, ergonomic grip with a textured guard to protect fingers. Very sharp blade.
Cons: Difficult packaging.