Made in Olean, New York, the KA-Fillet Fishing Knife requires minimal care. Built for the roughest working conditions, the knife is strong enough for tougher jobs than filleting fish.
The stamped high carbon stainless steel fillet blade seats in a large black Kraton handle which completely encloses the tang and serves as both grip and finger guard. The dropped heel gives it almost a pistol-grip feeling, and the slight finger choil increases control. There’s actually so much handle that it may get in the way when you’re working on smaller fish. The six-inch blade is accurately tapered and hollow ground but is also a little stiffer than the usual small fillet knife.
The 10-3/4-inch knife’s extra strength could be an advantage if you use the KA-Fillet for cutting bait or any other hard chores a good fishing knife meets. The molded hand guard will certainly come in handy when you’re using the knife for more than fine trimming. Thread a wrist loop through the lanyard hole for better knife security.
Ka-Bar provides a hard glass-filled nylon belt sheath for the KA-Fillet, so you’ll be able to wear it on the boat safely or store it away in the tackle box for the trip home. The sheath won’t encourage water to evaporate, but it is built to drain — that’s good enough for a short period of storage, but over the long term, be sure to dry both knife and sheath thoroughly before putting them away.
See the Queen Cutlery Fillet Knife for a more streamlined fillet knife with natural handle and leather sheath.
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