Top 10 Best Shun Fillet Knives
for October 2022

When it comes to filleting fish, it's important to have the right tools. A good fillet knife makes quick work of filleting fish, whether it's salmon, trout or tuna. A good fillet knife is also easy to make, as the handle can usually be made from a dowel, wood or plastic, and the blade can simply be made from a blade of metal, such as stainless steel.

In the Different Guide , we test fillet knives for performance, including how easy it is to use, how sharp the blade is, and how long it can last. We also evaluate how easy the knife is to clean, as well as how easy the blade is to sharpen. All these factors are important, as a good fillet knife should last you years, helping you fillet fish for many years to come.

When it comes to choosing the best fillet knife, we evaluate dozens of knives every year, including fillet knives, filleting knives, and boning knives. Our top pick is the Shun Fillet Knife, which has a long, sharp blade, is lightweight, and is easy to clean.

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Shun Classic 7-in. Flexible Fillet Knife with High-Carbon Stainless Steel Blade and D-Shaped PakkaWood Handle Right Amount of Flex for Skinning, Boni, 7 Inch, Metallic

Shun Classic 7-in. Flexible Fillet Knife with High-Carbon Stainless Steel Blade and D-Shaped PakkaWood Handle Right Amount of Flex for Skinning

by Kershaw
What We like

This flexible fillet knife is ideal for prepping large fillets of fish and meats, such as pork or chicken. The knife's relatively short blade has just the right amount of flex for skinning and boning fish, while the handle's ergonomic shape is comfortable.

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Shun Premier Gokujo Boning Fillet Knife, 6 Inch, TDM0774, Silver

Shun Premier Gokujo Boning Fillet Knife

by Kai
What We like

The Shun Premier Gokujo Boning Fillet Knife cuts more cleanly and faster than any knife we we tested, and it costs less than $50.

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9.4
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Shun DM-0743 Classic Boning 6-inch High-Performance, Double-Bevel Steel Blade Luxurious, Hand-Crafted Japanese Knife Provides Flawless Aesthetic and Close, Controlled Cut or Fillet, 6

Shun DM-0743 Classic Boning 6-inch High-Performance

by Kai
What We like

The combination of the curved blade and 6-inch length makes filleting fish a joy. Flies are no problem either. The 6-inch blade length makes it easier to pull the meat off the bone.

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9
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Shun Classic Flexible Fillet Knife, 7 Inch

Shun Classic Flexible Fillet Knife

by Shun
What We like

The Shun Classic knife is the best filleting knife we tested. Its rosewood handle is the most comfortable and flexible handle we tested.

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8.9
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Shun Kanso 6.5-Inch Boning/Fillet Knife; Stainless Steel Blade Handcrafted in Japan; Tagayasan Wood Handle; Tradition Meets Innovation with Every Slice; Optimal Control for Delicate, Precision Cuts

Shun Kanso 6.5-Inch Boning/Fillet Knife; Stainless Steel Blade Handcrafted in Japan; Tagayasan Wood Handle; Tradition Meets Innovation with Every Slice; Optimal Control for Delicate

by Kai
What We like

Among our kitchen knives, the Kanso Boning/Fillet Knife is the best for boning beef, pork or lamb. The blade is slender enough to curve around meat, making it easy to remove thin rib bones.

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Shun Classic 4.5-inch Asian Multi-Prep Stainless Steel Kitchen Knife for Boning, Other Food Prep Tasks; Double-Bevel Blade; Handcrafted in Japan; D-Shaped Ebony PakkaWood Comfort Handle;

Shun Classic 4.5-inch Asian Multi-Prep Stainless Steel Kitchen Knife for Boning

by Kai
What We like

This knife is great for preparing meat, poultry, and seafood, as well as vegetables. It's comfortable to hold, and crafted from high-grade stainless steel and ebony wood.

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8.3
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Shun Premier Kiritsuke Kitchen Knife, 8 Inch, Handcrafted in Japan, TDM0771, Silver

Shun Premier Kiritsuke Kitchen Knife

by Kai
What We like

A properly sharpened Japanese knife can cut through just about anything you throw at it, and this Shun Premier Kiritsuke knife has one of the best blades we tested. The 16-degree blade converts to 18 degrees for slicing.

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7.4
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Shun DM-0710 DM0710 Classic 6-Inch Boning Knife

Shun DM-0710 DM0710 Classic 6-Inch Boning Knife

by Shun
What We like

This traditional-style Japanese knife is worth investing in. Its blade is tougher and more durable than it looks.

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7.4
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Shun Cutlery Premier 6.5” Utility Knife; In-Between Sized Knife for In-Between Sized Tasks, Hand-Sharpened 16° Double-Bevel Blade, Releases Food Easily When Cutting, Handcrafted in Japan

Shun Cutlery Premier 6.5” Utility Knife; In-Between Sized Knife for In-Between Sized Tasks

by Kai
What We like

The hand-sharpened Shun Cutlery knife's 6.5-inch blade makes wet-cutting tasks easy, but its size makes it too narrow for heavy-duty tasks.

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7.4
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Shun Kanso 5-Inch Asian Multi-Prep Knife; Stainless Steel Double-Bevel Blade and Contoured Tagayasan Handle Handcrafted in Japan with Heritage Finish and Triangular Shape for Easy Maneuvering

Shun Kanso 5-Inch Asian Multi-Prep Knife; Stainless Steel Double-Bevel Blade and Contoured Tagayasan Handle Handcrafted in Japan with Heritage Finish and Triangular Shape for Easy Maneuvering

by Kai
What We like

This knife is the most expensive we tested and the most expensive you'll ever buy. But it's the best knife we've ever used, and it's under $40.

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