As a professor who is passionate about fishing and tools, I have accumulated a variety of gear to support my passion. One of the most significant investments I have made, in my opinion, is my fishing knives. It took me quite a bit of research to find the perfect knives for my needs, let me tell you. The good thing is, I was able to ensure I was indeed getting the best.
My advice to those who are now searching for their own fishing knives: look into the following components when purchasing your tool:
Take note of the size of fish you are targeting.
If you prefer to do fishing in local rivers stocked with crappie or rainbow trout, an excessively long knife ten inches or greater will be quite the overkill. An extremely large blade could just ruin the meat in smaller fish during the cleaning process. Indeed, although I had already owned a large fishing knife with a ten-inch blade, I felt I still needed to get something smaller that I have been using on my catch of rainbow trout or crappie every time I visit our newly stocked local river.
The large knife I have is used on grouper or medium-to-large catfish that I catch when I go fishing out of town with my fellow professors who are also avid anglers. I never attempt to use my large blade when working on smaller fish because it tends to be rough on the fish and I am not the most careful fish handler either. However, the larger knife enables me to save time gutting and cleaning larger fish.
Pay attention to the quality of the blade.
Stainless steel blades have always had a reputation for keeping their sharp edge for a long time. That’s the kind of blade I prefer. Stainless steel promises dependable resilience against corrosion, which is vital considering the nature of the task the knife is used for. A hunting knife and a fishing knife should be equally strong and durable, and I cannot stress that point enough
The difference lies in the blade of a fishing knife being tempered sufficiently to facilitate smooth and thin cutting when needed. I searched for the most flexible knife I could get for the money to support that objective. To ensure that my fishing knives are able to slice through bones and other tough sections of the fish, I made sure there was a serrated portion toward the handle end. This meant I no longer had to buy a separate knife with a fully serrated blade.
Take into consideration your personal style as well.
I believe the knife has to suit the fisherman. A folded knife is great for those who need to have their tool constantly on hand as it can be pocketed conveniently in a fishing vest. I bought knives with their own sturdy knife sleeves or sheaths to prevent injury to myself when reaching for the tools. The cases also protect the blades of the knives from damage.
It is also advisable for anglers who have carpal tunnel syndrome and arthritis to find a knife with an ergonomic handle. Do try out various handle shapes to ascertain you get one that is comfortable for you.
Fishing should be fun and exciting. Therefore, your tools should be made to ensure that. The fishing knife you choose is not an exception, so choose wisely and choose the best for you.
Photos take from:
https://www.bulletsandhooks.ca/fishing-knives.html and http://www.budk.com/survival-knives/best-fillet-knife/