Bill Kennedy changed his fillet knife designs many times through trial and error before arriving at his model, which sports a 440C blade in thicknesses of 1/16 or 3/32 of an inch, though he prefers the 3/32 because it is both flexible and sturdy enough for heavier use. The ivory handle color scrimshawed with a scene of a smallmouth bass-breaking water is by Linda Karst.
The Frosts 9160 PWS from Empire Cutlery sports a pretty blue synthetic handle with a half guard and lanyard hole. Designed for saltwater, it makes an equally good freshwater fillet knife. Frosts also has the 9152 PWS (the company’s bestselling salmon knife) with gutting spoon and the Model 776 with self-locking molded sheath.
Camillus offers the Model 1006 Fish Fillet that is 11 inches overall with an ivory delrin handle sporting Sid Bell’s pewter bass medallion under acrylic. The 1007B Sword Fish is a bit longer at 13 inches overall and sports a wood handle. A Teflon-coated blade helps guard against corrosion.