Deba filet knife

Mr. DRE

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Does anyone use Japanese Deba filet knives for the larger model tuna? If so any feedback, pros, cons. Thanks in advance.
 
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Use what works for you. I have a Deba but rarely use it now. Its fairly thick so you can use it to chop if needed. The blade is single edged so you need to know which side you plan to cut and may need plan ahead. You need to switch over to standard fillet knife to cut off the skin. You definitely need to invest in a decent whetstone and learn how to sharpen the blade properly. I haven't caught enough large tuna to be proficient at using this blade.

I prefer to use my Dalstrong Shogun Series Fillet Knife now. Its super sharp and the Damascus steel is gorgeous. Its a damn good deal for the price of $100.

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Most Debas are made for right handed,I found this from Amazon that is double bevel which is good for both hands,thick blade makes cutting through some of the bones easy. I enjoy using it

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Mr. DRE

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Thanks for the feedback Jorge and Alex. I have a full set of forschner knives up to 12 inch cimenter but still struggle with the larger bft.
 

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A Deba can be a great knife for certain tasks, but its a poor knife for fish fileting. It is designed for chopping and pushing down, not for fileting. Add in the standard single bevel and usual short length and its really not the right tool for the job; its best use is more like a French Cook's knife.

I use a 12" Forschner scmitar. Forschner's are also high quality blades, easier to keep clean, the 12" length is better for large fish, and the scmitar tip is more designed for fileting and slicing. Also, you can get it in a Fibrox handle, which is much better for fileting because it is a much more solid grip when wet. JMO.
 

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A Deba can be a great knife for certain tasks, but its a poor knife for fish fileting. It is designed for chopping and pushing down, not for fileting. Add in the standard single bevel and usual short length and its really not the right tool for the job; its best use is more like a French Cook's knife.

I use a 12" Forschner scmitar. Forschner's are also high quality blades, easier to keep clean, the 12" length is better for large fish, and the scmitar tip is more designed for fileting and slicing. Also, you can get it in a Fibrox handle, which is much better for fileting because it is a much more solid grip when wet. JMO.
12" Forschner scmitar = 12 Forschner Cimeter?
 

Mr. DRE

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They are the same cimeter and scimitar. I believe they are also called breaing knives. Basically a large curved knife with a sharp tip and some flex.
 
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I love mine but it's a specialty use knife.

If I'm filleting trout an 8" Rapala is the preferred knife.

I like the Deba for being able to recover more meat than I might with a flexible fillet knife on larger fish but to be honest I haven't mastered the knack for filleting away from the skin with it.

As said it is more of a breaking knife and the larger a fish you are cutting the more a larger knife you have less experience with will shine.

Case in point.


I bought a blank of this type of knife (though much smaller) handled and sharpened it.....a pretty amazing addition to the set of tools and that is really what it is about I think.....the set of tools.
 

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Deba is best used when you have cut off the head and the tail to make a good cut. If you are just planning to straight filet it with the head and tail on. It is best just to use a double bevel filet knife.

I have more knife at the warehouse but this is what I at home when i do break down a tuna or anything type of fish

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Randy the video you have provided is a special type of fish cutting knife from Taiwan. I have a couple of those. Still trying to get use to the curve on them.
 

stonefly

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Deba is best used when you have cut off the head and the tail to make a good cut. If you are just planning to straight filet it with the head and tail on. It is best just to use a double bevel filet knife.

I have more knife at the warehouse but this is what I at home when i do break down a tuna or anything type of fish

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Randy the video you have provided is a special type of fish cutting knife from Taiwan. I have a couple of those. Still trying to get use to the curve on them.

Yes I know and it's the curve of the edge that is part of it's appeal.

They cut pushing and pulling both with a much greater mass (weight) than typical of a knife.

Pretty interesting to use,
it's like a keenly sharp cleaver with an economy of effort that couldn't be appreciated unless you were trying to make a living with one.

It strikes me it's the kind of thing arrived at through the purity of evolution.

I'm looking forward to taking one to deer next time I should be so lucky.


I guess I mainly wanted to use the video to bracket the Deba with an even larger knife to make the point of the advantage in using different tools for larger fish
 

JoshInSD

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Deba is best used when you have cut off the head and the tail to make a good cut. If you are just planning to straight filet it with the head and tail on. It is best just to use a double bevel filet knife.

I have more knife at the warehouse but this is what I at home when i do break down a tuna or anything type of fish

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Randy the video you have provided is a special type of fish cutting knife from Taiwan. I have a couple of those. Still trying to get use to the curve on them.
My Japanese brother. Well done.