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Havalon Baracuta-Edge Fillet Knife

Fishing Flexible Lockback Blade, Zytel Handle

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Havalon Baracuta-Edge Fillet Knife The Havalon Baracuta-Edge is a great idea and a good knife, but five inches of replaceable high carbon stainless steel blade comes at a higher cost than the smaller Havalon Piranta system. You might want to keep that whetstone handy and recycle blades instead of throwing them out.

The Havalon concept of quick-fix stainless steel cutting edges and dependable knife action works well in this mid-sized fillet knife. Since fillet knives need to flex during the cut, the thin steel contributes to filleting action, but you may find this knife a fascinating compromise instead of a perfect solution. The keyed shank doesn't flex and takes up almost the half the blade length, so you're really only working with about 2-1/2 inches of flexible blade. Probably you won't mind, because the convenience of this knife makes up for that minor problem.

An overall length of 11 inches includes a generous six inches of Zytel handle with rubber inserts for comfortable work and a secure hold. The lockback knife opens with one-hand, using a steel tab on the base of the blade shank. The blade locks open with a strong frame lock mechanism. Cleaning is always an issue with folding hunting and fishing knives, but the Baracuta-Edge design leaves the back of the handle open for better access to the blade liners. A long stainless steel pocket clip substitutes for a sheath.

The purchase includes five replacement blades of razor-sharp surgical steel. Each blade comes in a protective pouch that prevents damage to the edge in storage but won't prevent painless accidents if you decide to carry spares in a pants pocket.

For a good fillet knife in a more flexible traditional pattern, see the Queen Cutlery Fillet Knife.

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