Top positive review
I'm really glad I purchased this knife
Reviewed in the United States on October 8, 2016
This knife has always been the quintessential filet blade for as long as I can remember. So once I started getting into eating sea food, and then began cooking whole fish, this knife was a must! I'm really glad I purchased this knife, as it does a great job. This knife is actually made by Marttiini knives of Finland. For those of you that are not familiar with Marttiini, they make superb knives, and have been doing so for a very long time! They typically make Scandinavian style knives like the "puuko" among others, and often compete with Morakniv when it comes to bush crafting knives. This filet knife is made by Marttiini for Rapala and stamped with Rapala's logo.
The knife I received was a little "splintery" in the handle, and so I just took a soft piece of pine wood and rubbed the handle of the knife to quickly burnish out the handle. I didn't want to use sandpaper, because the handle is lacquered and this is rather important since the knife is designed for cutting fish, and the handle will continually get wet. So if your handle has any sharp spots, I recommend you just find a piece of soft scrap wood, and rub it against the knife handle until it smooths out the burrs... That way, you don't harm the lacquered finish.
The sheath is made from very nice quality leather, and the stitching is very well done too. There is also a polymer insert inside the leather sheath that the blade slides into to provide and added layer of protection so the blade doesn't poke through the leather sheath. Very nice touch! If that weren't enough, Rapala also provided a little pull-through style ceramic sharpener. These are really personally not my thing, as I sharpen knives professionally, and strongly advise people don't use pull-through type sharpeners because most of them just ruin the knife... However, if you know nothing about sharpening, this little ceramic sharpener will do a passable job as long as you don't let the blade get very dull... This ceramic sharpener is merely meant for touch-ups, not full-blown sharpening.
So if you do a lot of fishing, and enjoy processing the fish you catch, this knife is a must! Very well made, and has been around long enough to establish itself as on of the best filet knives on the market. Highly recommended.