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    Quote Originally Posted by Stainless View Post
    Electric bread knife all day long from Walmart for around $9. I made the switch this past Summer after reading the experience of others. You can buy a whole new electric knife setup for what you can buy blades for the more expensive units.

    I use the Black+Decker 9-Inch Electric Carving Knife EK500W.
    This. After using an electric, I would never go back to a regular knife. I can process a fish in under 30 seconds.

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    I have filleted a couple hundred crappie and it's still going strong. I'm not one to keep more than a dozen fish per outing, if you frequently bring home multiple limits it's probably worth buying a higher quality knife, my cheap knife doesn't like running for extended periods and tends to get a little warm.

    Sometimes an electric knife is a bit of challenge on sub-10" fish, it's a little too easy to saw through the backbone, but I don't like to eat fish that small anyway.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Atimm693 View Post

    Sometimes an electric knife is a bit of challenge on sub-10" fish, it's a little too easy to saw through the backbone, but I don't like to eat fish that small anyway.
    When using an elec. knife on fish under 10" .... I usually just slow down the process of filleting. I've filleted 8" Bluegill & 9" Crappie with an elec. knife and not cut thru the backbone more than a few times (and I was probably doing it too fast, then).

    Having a variety of blades that fit the knife is probably a good idea, especially when faced with many different sizes of fish to clean. Even a dull elec. knife blade will still fillet a fish, but make take a few seconds more to cut thru the rib bones.
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    I have never owned nor tried an electric knife. I prefer a thin blade, As far as blade thickness goes, Boning knife. I like the thinner blade of the two knife set at Sam's club that's back where the commercial kitchen supplies are. Two boning knives $8.96 and they hold an edge too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stainless View Post
    Electric bread knife all day long from Walmart for around $9. I made the switch this past Summer after reading the experience of others. You can buy a whole new electric knife setup for what you can buy blades for the more expensive units.

    I use the Black+Decker 9-Inch Electric Carving Knife EK500W.
    THIS! I have been using the $10 to $12 black and decker from the Walmart appliance aisle for nearly 30 years. Sure you can spend more if you want to, but there's no need. I one time splurged and got a $30 one on sale from the fishing aisle once, Mister Twister brand I think, and it didn't last very long at all and the blades never stayed sharp....learned my lesson and went back to the appliance aisle for all future filet knife purchases.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Atimm693 View Post
    Sometimes an electric knife is a bit of challenge on sub-10" fish, it's a little too easy to saw through the backbone, but I don't like to eat fish that small anyway.
    The trick is to keep the blade at an angle along the spine. So many guys have it at 90 (like below) but if you'll rotate it more you're less likely to go through the spine, at an angle the blade bridges over the vertebrae

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    Very good point. I've learned this on my own and it makes the cleaning go a lot smoother.

    Quote Originally Posted by artcarney_agr View Post
    The trick is to keep the blade at an angle along the spine. So many guys have it at 90 (like below) but if you'll rotate it more you're less likely to go through the spine, at an angle the blade bridges over the vertebrae

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    my god i butchered the hell out of this 4 pound channel catfish i caught today just got the electric fillet knife u guys recomended and i got it t filet but i couldnt make it fillet the skin off so ended up wasting about 40% of the meat i hope crappie will b easier im gonna scale my crappie first just t make sure will suck if i do the same when i catch a few since u can eat crappie with the skin on

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    I would watch several YouTube videos many times before I attempted it with a electric fillet knife as I have never used one before. I might be getting one this summer if I get into some nice fish.
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    here Is one of many videos. Pretty simple one you get the hang of it. Catfish is rough to fillet skin off even with lots of practice. But doable once you get the hang of using the knife.

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    iv watched over 20 vids on it but for some reason my first time it was pretty bad i got the fillets off the fish but just couldnt fillet the skin off

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