Fishing is quite an expensive sport if you consider the cost of fuel and maintenance of your boat as well as having the most practical equipment. Therefore many recreation fishermen decide to compensate the expense of their hobby with selling boneless and skinless fish.
With so many fillet knives on the market, cleaning up fish without making a mess has become possible, especially if using an electric knife.
But what criteria should an electric knife meet before you buy it?
Corded or cordless
When deciding to buy an electric knife you will be faced with the primary decision – do you want it to have a cord or run on batteries?
The first option is ideal for users that will utilize the knife in areas with available electricity. Choosing the one with a long cord and having an extension cord at your fingertips will allow you to clean for hours.
While the advantage of a cordless electric knife is that it is easier to be stored and used in any nature’s spot. If you decide to buy this one, buying another pack of batteries with it is a brilliant idea.
Good grip is a must
The other center of your attention, while choosing the ideal knife for you, should be the handle. Ideally, the handle should fit your hand and have a good grip.
Additionally, it is important to check the air ventilator of the handle. The handle of an electric knife should be longer than your hand when you hold it and be equipped with air ventilators, that prevent the overheating of the motor and of the handle itself. Make sure it has them and that they function properly.
Size and sharpness of the blade
While choosing the perfect electric knife for your needs, don’t miss on checking the size and sharpness of the blade.
This would be one of the first things you checked when choosing a regular fillet knife but it is of the same importance between electric ones too.
The usual size of the blade is six to seven inches, but if you plan to catch bigger fish, opt for longer ones.
Furthermore, the blade of the knife should not be too thick, so you can flex it to a flat position when using it on a cutting board.
You can also carefully check the sharpness of the blade. As you know fillet knifes should be really sharp, allowing you to precisely remove and keep the fish skin in one piece. But knives are known for losing the sharpness over the time, therefore it is advised to buy a sharpening stone.
Experts recommend using a dry sharpening stone, as fillet cleaning is already a messy and oily task by itself.
The quality of materials
It is better to pay more for a valuable and long-lasting knife than to constantly buy new ones for a lower price. This is why it is important to pay attention to materials, especially the materials used for producing the blade.
Fishermen suggest to chose the stainless steel of high carbon, explaining that this material is resistant to rot and keeps the blade sharp. But 420 stainless steel is acceptable too.
Keeping your knife on an open board, instead of in the leather case, will make it last longer.
Choosing the ideal electric fillet knife is certainly a difficult task, but it will pay off once you find and buy the right for you.
Keep in mind that, when not used to clean fish fillets, fillet knives can also be used for cutting turkey or duck.