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May 27, 2007 05:10 AM

Japanese knife for fish filleting?

Well, my search for ideal knives has gone on and, as well as Global and Wusthof I am now considering Hatori, Tojiro, Misono and also Kanetsugu from the Japanese Knife Company. Thay seem much more reasonable for price and, comparing Tojiro DP to Shun, about half the money!!!

BUT, can anyone who is more familiar with Japanese knives indicate a good, slim bladed flexible knife to use for fish filleting? Can't seem to find one. If needs be I can always supplement the knives I buy with a Wusthof fish filleting. I'm not keen on most of the boning knives I've seen which seem very triangular to me. Perhaps they are better that way but most European style either seem to be long and thin or have an almost scimitar style to them Any comments appreciated.

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  1. How much will you be using this knife? What kind and size of fish will you be filleting?

    1. Have you seen the Global Swedish Filleting knife - (I'm not sure what's Swedish about it) - that might fit your needs.....

      1. Take a look at this video of a Japanese chef breaking down a fish. A deba is used to break down the fish and a yanagiba is used to remove the skin.

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        1. re: scubadoo97

          thanks for posting that link, it's very helpful

        2. I use a Rapalla (SP?) slim, very sharp, takes a good edge, light and flexible and it will not brreak the bank.

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          1. re: Candy

            Likewise, I have a Frosts Swedish filleting knife. Similar description to above. Bought it in a professional knife store that services many CIA students. Excellent value for the avid cook. A real professional might need something else, but this one's excellent for most of us. Have used it in some cooking classes and instructors have liked it.

          2. I use the Kanetsugu Pro-M knife and I love it, It's blade is extremely thin and sharp. The blade may be a little big for fish though. I got it at .