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Old 09-12-2020, 06:27 PM
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Ok, you guys and Ladies are my source of information.

So, our oldest Daughter wants a new fillet knife for the kitchen. Her old Rapala fillet knife blade has bent, and with a birthday coming up, she wants a replacement. I saw that the current Rapala knives are made in *******. Not Finland, or wherever the originals were made. I have one that I use to slice tomatoes that I have had for many years.

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Go to ebay and buy a Case filet knife they are made in USA and are fine knives. Do not be fooled by some of the other American names as may of them now are made in the other place.

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A few years ago up in Seward, AK I was watching a fisherman filet Salmon.
His filet knife was about 10 inches long.
About every 2-3 cuts he touched it up on a long round glass hone.
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Rapid River Knife Works Made in Michigan USA
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I have a Finland Fillet knife but the Buck I got a few years ago is just as good and made in State Line, ID.
https://www.buckknives.com/search?q=fillet+knife
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Old 09-12-2020, 08:16 PM
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I second going with a Buck fillet knife

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Old 09-12-2020, 09:04 PM
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Cutco knives are made in the U.S., good knives but pricey.
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I would second on the Cutco ..... plus you can send back for factory refurb for just the cost of postage.
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"plus you can send back for factory refurb for just the cost of postage."
Same with Buck.....
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Schrade made good ones with Staglon/ Delrin handles, but that's no longer a US-made product...

How'd she bend a Martinni/Rapala blade?

At least some are still Finnish. Check the packaging.

Also check Russell-Grohmann in Canada. But you asked for a US brand.

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Old 09-12-2020, 10:56 PM
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I bought a Benchmade folding fillet knife before my first Alaska fishing trip. I have been very pleased with it.
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If you go on ebay and type in fillet knife, you will find many unused # 167 Uncle Henry fillet knives. made in USA. 20 -30 plus shipping. I applaud you for wanting a USA knife.. Fillish, Swedish, German all fine, but NO Chinese knives ever. Well at least not for me, of any type. What happened to Schrade in their 100th year was a tragedy, A way or life changed. They had 3 generations working in their factory. Now Taylor Cutlery owns them snd they are all Chinese

I have an unused #167 Uncle Henry USA Schrade. With leather sheath.

I will give your this for shipping costs. The brass is a bit tarnished, but i will fix that. I have had ut for 40 years, and no idea how I got it.

You tell me if you want it................Got me on a generous day
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Old 09-13-2020, 12:12 AM
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get her something nice like a Randall # 10
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I have seen the "Bubba" knives advertised. Look pretty good, but don't know where they are made or the cost.
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my first choice would be a Finnish Rapala, made by Marttiini. For a USA-made knife, Old Hickory, by Ontario Knife Company, or a Dexter-Russell Green River.

Old Hickory has a stainless blade. The Green River knives have a carbon steel blade, which would be my preference.
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I know Buck , Case and Knives of Alaska are all made in the USA .
The link 6518John has posted is great ... in the knife descriptions they give where they are made ...easy to check .
I'm going to save this link myself ...Thanks John !
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Old Hickory Filet Knife, made in USA and will last a lifetime for $16.99.
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I made my own because I found the quality lacking in most commercial filet knives. After making me one in three sizes I’ve had slow but consistent requests for more ever since.

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The trouble with most of the good American made filet knives is that they are to stiff. I haven’t had to buy one for years. I always kept a few extra Rapalas. I’ve got a Case you can shave with and it might be good for 40lb fish but way to stiff for fish I catch.
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I've got something I bought at Walmart or Kmart long ago when I did a lot of deep sea trips. Filleted (sp?) many an albacore, dorado, and small yellowfin, as well as a few trout. It was a "G-10", I think.

No, I think it was a "G-96?"

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I have used many, in my opinion the best, and the one I have used for years is the white handled Dexter brand. Blade length according to the size of fish you are filleting.
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I have used many, in my opinion the best, and the one I have used for years is the white handled Dexter brand. Blade length according to the size of fish you are filleting.
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That may have been what that Commercial Fisherman in Alaska was using.
His had a molded handle and I think it was white.
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I have a Schrade in junk box that blade snapped off right in front of trade mark. Knife wasn’t old or abused. It did filet a lot of 3lb class walleye. The most useful to me has always been the smallest Rapala. I’m one of those guys who would rather dress out deer and such than fool with fish.
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There is only one choice-the white handled Dexter Your only decision to make is do you want a stiff or flexible blade. While you're at it, pick up a few bait knives they make wonderful utility knives for many uses.

Dexter Outdoors knives for fishing, hunting and BBQ Made in the USA since 1818

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The Knives of Alaska Coho is, in my opinion, the finest I've used (and I've used a LOT of them). Besides the quality, this knife will easily fillet the smallest perch or bluegull .... or a 30 lb salmon. About $80.

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I have a Finland Fillet knife but the Buck I got a few years ago is just as good and made in State Line, ID.
https://www.buckknives.com/search?q=fillet+knife
Buck is now having some of those filet knives, as well as a lot of their other line, made in China now.
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I know Buck , Case and Knives of Alaska are all made in the USA .
The link 6518John has posted is great ... in the knife descriptions they give where they are made ...easy to check .
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Some of the Buck knives are farmed out overseas, at least according to their web site.

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And some are still made in Idaho, inc. their famous basic line. Call them or read the fine print on the box.

My Buck knives, inc. one filet model, are all US made and are good values if you shop carefully. I could prob. filet some fish with a Model 120 if I had to, but have a Buck with reddish brown rubber handle for that.
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My longest-lasting filet knife is a Cold Steel Carbon V 9-inch filet knife, made by Camillus before they went belly-up.

It has just the right spring to the blade, sharpens easily, and can really create some beautiful fillets with little waste.

It will rust if not oiled, but that’s a small price to pay for use of a good blade.
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I have a John Toner custom filet knife that was
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Have not used it yet because knowing the person
that gave it to me the knife is likely $$$.

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