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Author Topic: Best way to sharpen a fillet knife?  (Read 11175 times)

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Best way to sharpen a fillet knife?
« on: Feb 06, 2011, 02:44 PM »
I have some old fillet knives that could use sharpening, but try as I might it seems I can't get them as sharp as I'd like.  Can anyone recommend a knife sharpener that works for blade challenged guys like me?
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Re: Best way to sharpen a fillet knife?
« Reply #1 on: Feb 06, 2011, 02:47 PM »
All I use is a Diamond sharpener made by G5 I bought it for my broadheads but I found out it makes the sharpest edge on knives I have ever seen.

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Re: Best way to sharpen a fillet knife?
« Reply #2 on: Feb 06, 2011, 02:48 PM »
Only thing other than years of practice, oil, and honing stones I can recommend, is what I use on my Wusthoff knives... a Chef's Choice Sharpener...4 or 5 different models, you can pick an entry level one up for about 45 bucks or so. With some practice and a GOOD knife to start with, you can achieve razor edges.  :)

                                   

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Re: Best way to sharpen a fillet knife?
« Reply #3 on: Feb 06, 2011, 02:48 PM »
What are you useing to sharpen them with? There are a few good prefixed or angled sharpeners out now with ceramic or other substrate that all you do is pull the blade through it. Lansky make a good setup as well. There are a few guys that still won't use anything other than the trusy ole stone though.

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Re: Best way to sharpen a fillet knife?
« Reply #4 on: Feb 06, 2011, 03:03 PM »
ceramic rod and some practice lots and lots of practice

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Re: Best way to sharpen a fillet knife?
« Reply #5 on: Feb 06, 2011, 03:06 PM »
I really like any wet stone. Cheap and fairly easy to learn to do it correctly. Just takes a while to learn and make them really sharp. Good luck. :tipup:
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Re: Best way to sharpen a fillet knife?
« Reply #6 on: Feb 06, 2011, 04:03 PM »
Been using the same wet stone I had in Boy Scouts
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Re: Best way to sharpen a fillet knife?
« Reply #7 on: Feb 06, 2011, 04:07 PM »
The easiest way to sharpen a knife like a razor is a Lansky-style sharpener. The best of them is the Gatco by far: http://www.timberlineknives.com/sharpeners.mgi This sharpener will turn a person that doesn't know crap about sharpening into a pro.

I use std old 6" Rapala filet knife and then use the 2-position Rapala sharpener that is set up for the specific edge angle of the Rapala filet knife. It will shave hair very easily. I don't have time to screw around when it comes to cleaning fish and need to touch up an edge quickly.

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Re: Best way to sharpen a fillet knife?
« Reply #8 on: Feb 06, 2011, 04:10 PM »
chefs choice works great

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Re: Best way to sharpen a fillet knife?
« Reply #9 on: Feb 06, 2011, 04:36 PM »
I have tried them all and the Gatco system is the best.
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Re: Best way to sharpen a fillet knife?
« Reply #10 on: Feb 06, 2011, 05:18 PM »
Been using the same wet stone I had in Boy Scouts
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Re: Best way to sharpen a fillet knife?
« Reply #11 on: Feb 06, 2011, 05:23 PM »
Not everyone can master a stone free handed. If you're not in that category then you need a Lansky or Gatco sharpening system. You'll get a razor edge every time quickly.

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Re: Best way to sharpen a fillet knife?
« Reply #12 on: Feb 06, 2011, 07:38 PM »
Sounds like they are old enough to have lost any of the proper angle on them, so I would agree that the Gatco is the way to go.
Take your time with it, and get it back to the original angle, and a good steel will keep it sharp for a long time.
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Re: Best way to sharpen a fillet knife?
« Reply #13 on: Feb 06, 2011, 08:55 PM »
Certainly not fancy or high tech, but it works very well. Set the edge with an Accusharp and then touch up the edge as needed with the steel.

         

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Re: Best way to sharpen a fillet knife?
« Reply #14 on: Feb 06, 2011, 09:01 PM »
I cut meat for 41 year and tyred every way NOTHING beats a good oil stone get on a a restaurant store 3 sided fine med, coarse.stay away from the coarse unless the knife is real bad as it will work it down fast.Good luck

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Re: Best way to sharpen a fillet knife?
« Reply #15 on: Feb 06, 2011, 09:17 PM »
I haven't tried too many other systems but I really like the speedy sharp for serious sharpening and then honing with a steel.  The speedy sharp takes some practice but it can get a trashed fillet knife back to razor sharp in 20 seconds.  I'm sure there are better methods but it's $10, unbreakable, and the size of a carpenter's pencil. 

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Re: Best way to sharpen a fillet knife?
« Reply #16 on: Feb 06, 2011, 09:18 PM »
I never had much luck using my lansky on a fillet knife, they flex too easily. Get a quality medium stone and it's not very hard to get a good edge with a little practice. Touch it up with a steel as needed.

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Re: Best way to sharpen a fillet knife?
« Reply #17 on: Feb 06, 2011, 10:00 PM »
I've used Arkansas sand stone for 30yrs.

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Re: Best way to sharpen a fillet knife?
« Reply #18 on: Feb 07, 2011, 04:47 AM »
Best thing to do is not let the knife get dull in the first place.I touch mine up on a steel after every couple fish,that way it stays sharp.

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Re: Best way to sharpen a fillet knife?
« Reply #19 on: Feb 07, 2011, 07:13 AM »
A sharpening stone will give you the best edge but I have to admit I have a chefs Choice diamond blade sharpener and it works fast and great.  I like the fact that it sharpens serrated blades really well also.  They are a little pricey but do put a nice edge on.

 

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