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Looking for a filet knife.

Thu Oct 17, 2013 8:33 am


I'm looking at the following products and not sure which to pursue.

Richmond Fillet

Richmond Boning

Tojiro Gokujo

I'm leaning toward the Richmond Boning knife, but can't determine the difference between the Richmond boning and fillet other than the 20mm. I assume the fillet is much more flexible because of the longer length and shorter height of the blade? I would like to use something for both filleting medium sized fish (eg salmon) and also for boning.

Given all that, I've searched and searched, but I can't find a Sakimaru Takohiki style knife that is in the 160-180mm range (and also more affordable). This knife is absolutely beautiful, but out of my budget and not the steel that I prefer.

Have you considered designing a Sakimaru Takohiki with the AEB-L steel? Considering the size, it could sell in the sub-$100 range, and I would buy it without question.


Re: Looking for a filet knife.

Thu Oct 17, 2013 8:38 am

Hi Tom,

Yes the Richmond fillet would be a better option for you. It's got more flex and better suited to filleting medium sized fish.

We do have smaller yanagis that are at a lower price. The Sakimaru Takohiki is a yanagi with a cool sword tip but functionally no different than an ordinary yanagi. This
Saji is stainless and 180mm and nice for the money: http://www.chefknivestogo.com/tasa18ya.html

As for me making a Yanagiba with a sword tip I'll do it if you can round up at least 50 people that are willing to buy one. :) How many do you want?

Re: Looking for a filet knife.

Thu Oct 17, 2013 12:47 pm


Re: Looking for a filet knife.

Thu Oct 17, 2013 1:33 pm

I would buy at least 2, maybe up to 4, but I don't know if you would be able to get the scale you are looking for.

I looked at the knife you suggested, which got me looking in a new direction.

The Richmond Laser Petty looks a lot like that yanagiba-ko you recommended, but you made it with the AEB-L. It is the right size I'm looking for and uses a steel that i prefer. Plus the thinness is attractive.

I think I'm sold on that one, and maybe pick up the Richmond boning knife as well. Well, sold for x-mas at least.
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