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American Legacy Fishing Co. - World's Best Fillet Knife

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American Legacy Fishing Co. - World's Best Fillet Knife

Regular Price: $84.99

Special Price $39.99

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Razor sharp high-carbon steel and handmade leather sheath makes this the perfect fish fillet knife.


If G. Loomis Made a Fillet Knife This Would be It!

MADE in the USA!



8" Blade ~ 5" Handle ~ 13" Overall length

OK, we all fish and most of us will fillet some fish for supper now and again. I certainly will. Being what my kids say is "old school" I use a fillet knife, not some damn electric fish butchering tool that leaves more meat on than it fillets out! The key to expertly filleting fish is first and foremost an exceptionally sharp knife. Having done some guiding myself and filleted and cooked fish for more than my fair share of shore lunches I just became more and more frustrated that every filet knife sold today is 1) Cheap, 2) Stainless Steel, 3) Not made in the USA, and 4) Does Not Hold an Edge worth a hoot. We actually ordered in over 30 different fillet knives from as many manufacturers as we could find just to find one we could offer our customers. Unfortunately, I wouldn't put a single one in my tackle box!

So, we decided to have one made to our specifications. We opted to put our money into high quality functionality, not a bunch of bells and whistles that contribute to doing a better job of filleting fish. Here's what we came up with: An 8" blade, flexible high carbon razor steel, hot wax sealed hard rock maple wood handle, custom hand-made leather sheath, Made in the USA, a lifetime Warranty, and our href="">WWW.GLOOMIS.USlogo burned into the handle. No fancy bells and whistles, sure as heck no electricity, just a classic fillet knife that will hold an edge longer than any knife you have ever used. Period.

 How we did it: We located the oldest USA knife manufacturer who agreed to create this special knife. Dexter-Russell has been making knives continuously for almost 200 years. With some arm twisting and a substantial order they agreed to manufacturer our fillet knife to our specifications. High Carbon Razor Steel, not just carbon steel and certainly not stainless since stainless can NEVER be as hard as non-stainless due to the nickel (a very soft metal) in it. Hot wax sealed hard rock maple handle. Knife edge finished with a 400 grit wet polish and then hand stropped for the razor edge we insisted on. You have to be able to shave with this knife! Finally, we wanted to offer a lifetime Warranty against breakage or any handle issues.

 For our Custom Sheath we contacted leather craftsman extraordinaire Eric Whisnant in North Carolina and asked him to create a simple, durable, and functional premium leather sheath with a rear belt loop and a molded-in handle retention design. What we got was a handmade premium leather sheath that is as durable as our knife. Simple, functional, durable.

(Note: Want to keep carbon steel from rusting. Clean and wipe dry after use and then apply a thin coat of cooking oil and it will stay rust free for years)

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Manufacturer American Legacy Fishing
Price $84.99
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Review by nultvpff / (Posted on 8/13/2017)
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Review by dvkedwxn / (Posted on 8/13/2017)
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Review by wqxlalcm / (Posted on 8/13/2017)
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Review by ciympdqb / (Posted on 7/31/2017)
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Review by wrpqhnga / (Posted on 7/31/2017)
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Review by taapkmmy / (Posted on 7/31/2017)
Worth trying
Beats any knife I can buy locally finely a carbon steel blade out preformed any stainless steel knife I've ever owned
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Review by Uncle bob / (Posted on 9/21/2015)
great value
learn to use a stone and this blade will sharpen nicely
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Review by walli / (Posted on 8/11/2015)
Great blade,handle needs improvement
Great blade,handle needs more bulk and grip.I'm going to wrap the handle with leather and go from there.
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Review by sand flea / (Posted on 12/26/2014)
Exactly what I wanted
High quality, good length, sharp and stiff enough but still flexible.
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Review by Great Knife / (Posted on 10/24/2014)
Russel design, custom leather case, USA product,
This was a No Brainer for me. Everything that I like and believe in for over 60 years. High quality materials, USA high carbon steel, does not rust, sharpens in minutes with a soft stone, Used neat foot oil, like for a leather ball glove, to soften and condition the hand made natural leather sheath. 99% satisfied, wish the blade length was longer for flatties!
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Review by Native Ultimate Propel 12 / (Posted on 6/26/2014)
Poor knife
I tried to like this knife. It feels sharp but would not cut as well as a $3 knife that I had been using. The sheath is very nice but the knife is not sharp even after my attempts to sharpen.
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Review by tinkertoo / (Posted on 6/9/2014)
Excellent knife
The knife is extremely well made and feels great in your hand. The first time I used it I filleted several Redfish and the knife sailed through with no issues. Washed the knife (make sure to oil it) and put it away. Used it again the next day to fillet 3 Tripletail. In my opinion these two species of fish are tough on fillet knives but this one definitely did an outstanding job
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Review by Redfish1 / (Posted on 6/5/2014)
It's plain and simple
I have maybe 2 dozen fillet knives and certainly didn't another but I had two friends ask me where to buy a good knife and I told them about the American legacy knife. They raved about it so much I thought I better have one and bought three others for friends.
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Review by Buff / (Posted on 5/1/2014)
Go fish, cross their eyes!
One great knife, best big fish knife I tried. Length to stretch the breadth and skin it when the fillet is on the board. This is 4 big ones, too much length for border line keepers, blade keeps poking out the other end. I like it, best knife I've used since Normark, and that one is good up to 14" perch. If you do heavy eyes, you will like this knife. And never wear it out. Go Fish. Bill
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Review by no slack / (Posted on 11/12/2013)
Very sharp knife
Perfect for filleting large freshwater bass. Highly recommended.
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Review by Rich / (Posted on 6/27/2013)
Use for cleaning and filleting salmon in the Pacific Northwest. The blade material is excellent.
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Review by Rexer / (Posted on 6/16/2013)
great knife
great knife,best of all made in the good old usa. i love buying american made products.
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Review by hookin / (Posted on 6/15/2013)
Top notch knife
The best filet knife I've used for inshore saltwater in my 40+ years of fishing hands down...
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Review by Bigfish / (Posted on 6/6/2013)
excellent product
best fillet I have ever used.
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Review by lesliebassboat / (Posted on 5/31/2013)
great knife
knife is really great.
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Review by j.w. / (Posted on 5/16/2013)
great all around knife
my son and I both have one great for fileting or cutting bait. we mostly saltwater fish, offshore and surf.
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Review by jrb0026 / (Posted on 12/24/2012)
Very pleased with the look and feel of the knife. Pleased with the quality and sharpness of the blade.
I purchased this knife for my employer and he commented on the quality and sharpness of the blade. The carrying case was very nice also. We were all very pleased to be able to buy an American made product.
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Review by Smiley / (Posted on 12/21/2012)
just a knife
Only americans say" WORLD'S BEST FILLET KNIFE". World best knife is from Japan. This word used frequently by the politicians and no brain people, who never eat good food, except pizza and KFC greasy chicken
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Review by baz / (Posted on 12/7/2012)
Thanks for an American made product
Thanks for an American made product. It feels good spending my money on things made in the USA. I always try and buy made in America even if it cost a little more. I usually find the product a higher quality with a longer service life. Since taking care of my environment and providing jobs for my neighbors is important to me I spend the extra money to keep my money here at home. Thanks again for the great service and a domestic product.
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Review by Dave in Oregon / (Posted on 7/30/2012)
I'll order another for a friend
Reminds me of steel in an old Case Muscrat ( pocket knife) that I have carried for years...takes and holds an edge much better than the "stainless" stuff commonly available. It's long enough to fillet big pike, and still dedicate and sharp enough on the tip to remove that annoying row of bones above mid-line in trout. I won't be looking for any more fillet knives..expect this one to outlast me, and I hope to clean a lot more fish.
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Review by RAfter8 / (Posted on 7/20/2012)
Bought this for my boyfriend. He loves it.
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Review by littlebit / (Posted on 2/3/2012)
This knife was just as described in the company description. I purchased this on sale but the knife would be a good buy at full price. So far every thing that I have purchased from ALFC. has been dead on great. Thank you for the job in your Q.C. people. Vernon
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Review by none / (Posted on 12/1/2011)
Great knife at a great price
This is my second purchase of this knife. The first one was taken off my boat. I hope the new 'owner' enjoys it as much as I did.
The knife rarely needs sharpening as long as I'm cleaning speckled trout or flounder. The scales on redfish do take a toll and require resharpening knife after a couple outings. Most of the people I fish with use electric knives but this knife does a much better job so nothing goes to waste.
Remember to clean and oil the blade after every use or it will develop stains.
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Review by Matt / (Posted on 11/17/2011)
Likely is "The world's best fillet knife."
I haven't tried all fillet knives in the world, but this one is as good as advertised and fully meets my expectation. The steel is excellent quality and holds a very sharp edge. It does stain a little, but that is only cosmetic and doesn't affect its function at all. To me, it just indicates a steel that will sharpen well and hold an edge. The sheath is of excellent quality, made of thick leather that holds its shape well. This is a fine product that I heartily recommend.
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Review by Gary / (Posted on 10/1/2011)
Excellent knife
Really nice knife. Keeps an edge and good to look at. Showed it off to some fishing friends and they plan to get one also. A great deal and a great place to shop.
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Review by Oldsoldier / (Posted on 9/26/2011)
Excellent knife. Very easy to use
Having used many fillet knives over the years, I have now added one of the best to my favorite ones. I will be honest and say this knife is just as good as two others I use often to clean and fillet salmon.
I have now used the knife to fillet approximately twenty-three salmon and just today decided to give it a light sharpening.
I will have this knife on my boat at all times to make quick work of the salmon we catch.
My only wish now is could you come up with a 5 or 6 inch version?
Thanks for a great product.

Singing Reels to All,

Capt Tom
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Review by Capt Tom / (Posted on 9/15/2011)
I have been collecting knives for over twenty years and this is one knife that's not going to spend its days in my sock drawer. This knife is too good not to be used! It's the first fillet knife I have ever used that is able to dress out both panfish as well as large Northern Pike; I don't need to use any other knife but this one.
"The world's best fillet knife" won't make you a better fisherman but it will help you to put more meat on the table. You won't find a sturdier, more functional fillet knife anywhere. Kudos to the R&D department at ALFC --- Thanks for going back to the basics.
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Review by Smallies M. I. / (Posted on 9/8/2011)
As good as they say.
This is a great knife, and reasonably priced. I have some other knives for cutting through bones on Salmon, but this knife is great at filleting fish. Really happy I purchased it.
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Review by AnglerF1 / (Posted on 9/8/2011)
Great Knife
I use my filet knives to clean trout every weekend, and I love to use a short blade filet knife to clean deer. While this knife is longer than I am used to, it is sharp enough to make the job so easy I am still amazed. I have several knives that are stainless steel, and they will not get as sharp as I like and will not hold what little edge they do get. This knife is completely different. It is easy to hold on to, sharpens easily and holds it's edge very well.
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Review by Wilson / (Posted on 9/7/2011)
Exceeds the Claims
With a drawer full of filet knives, it was with great hesitancy that I purchased one more knife looking for the "Best in the World". I do a lot of fishing and fish cleaning as well and I was always amazed at how well the knives used at the fish cleaning houses just effortlessly moved through filleting fish. I seemed to always struggle getting my knives to cut around the bones or removing the skins regardless of how sharp I could get them. And then when I was done they always needed to be resharpened or at least touched up. Well when I received this knife I was not sure if this was the answer to my dreams or not. The handle is somewhat non-descript but the blade and case were very impressive. I liked the feel in my hand and the length of the blade as it is a nice cross between cutting in tight places and removing large skins. I fish mainly for Walleyes, Perch, and Steelhead in the Great Lakes, so when I got my first chance to try the knife out, I also took out my old standby fillet knife just in case I was going to be disappointed. Needless to say I was overwhelmed at how good this knife worked and how effortlessly it cut through fish. My fish filleting skills seemed to improve 100% with my new knife. And to my surprise after cleaning 18 5-10lb. Walleyes my new knife was still sharp and ready to go. Today this is my go to knife for all the filleting that I do. If you are looking for a great fillet knife this is truly the one! Review by Born to Fish / (Posted on 11/29/2010)

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