Here is my modest cutting tool or knife collection.
U.S. Ontario - 7 inch blade - easy to sharpen
Kershaw fillet - knife - stainless easy to sharpen & when working on a good size pile of fishes my fishing buddy usually sharpens the spare and sorts fishes as to size and species. That knife is good for 5-7 fishes before needing a touch up. I use this to fillet out cantaloupes for morning breakfast or for evening deserts with vanilla bean ice cream - good for 100's of melons. The rubber grip is slip resistant and easy to hang onto - cheap but a good knife.
Remington - small hunting knife with gut hook - cheap & easy to sharpen
Gerber - "Blackie Collins - Frisco Shiv", I thought I should have some knife that sounded bad. This is easy to pack around, holds a good edge and sharpens easily. About 25 years old.
Buck - small usual one handed folding knife - does not sharpen that easily or hold edge as well as others.
Victorinox - Swiss army knife, this is my newest knife - replaced an older one that sort of gave out. - I have a good technique to open wine bottles using the cork screw that involves 2 people or 4 hands pushing vs. pulling on the knife/cork screw. Possibly one day I will get to saw open the sternum of some beast with the saw. Bottle opener is used daily. Awl and scissors are frequently used. Probably best steel of bunch.
I use a fine diamond hone with light force on blade - I think this gives a finely serrated edge that slices well.
Just to the left of middle of my latest avatar, on the top of the light area is a tiny striped bass being led in, I use barbless hooks and he/she was promptly released. Looking at this gives an indication how these fishes avoid detection from aerial predation.
Last edited by BassMan; January 7th, 2017 at 07:49 PM.