When you think about the fact that boning knives are mostly used for removing meat from bones or bones from meat, it would only make sense to consider that a boning knife would be a great addition to fishing or hunting expeditions. It was only a matter of time before a fisherman or hunter found his or her way to this page in search of the perfect boning knife for fishing or hunting.

From here on in, I will assume that you are a fisherman or hunter and that you are here in search of that perfect boning knife to bring with you on your next trip. I would like you to know that I did not make this selection lightly. I took my time to sift through the various hunting and fishing-friendly boning knives on the market today. I read their specifications, considering how easy they would be to use and to carry, as well as how susceptible they may be to rust. I read consumer reviews and statistically analyzed consumer ratings. After all was said and done, I easily selected this Rapala boning knife from the bunch and gave it the title “Best Fishing and Hunting”.

If you have already visited the main boning knives page, you may have read a little bit about this knife. The purpose of this particular article is to bring even more information about this Rapala knife and to fully explain how it came to be on this list.

Happy Consumers

One of the biggest reasons I selected this knife for the title of “Best Fishing and Hunting” were the many positive consumer reviews I read for this knife. In fact, above any other quality or factor, this one was the most important. A knife may look great on paper. It may sound like the best, most reliable and high-quality knife I have ever landed my eyes upon. In reality, though, that knife may not be all it is cracked up to be. Fancy marketing companies may have hyped it up to sound better than it truly is. This is why I rely most heavily on the reviews of actual consumers in making these decisions.

The reviews for this knife were very positive. Consumers reported that this knife does everything the company claims it will do and has been extremely helpful in outdoor situations. In fact, of all the fishing and hunting-friendly boning knives I reviewed, this one received the best consumer ratings.

All The Regular Features

Though the rest of this article will focus mostly on fishing and hunting-specific features and qualities, no boning knife can be a good boning knife without meeting a few basic criteria. This Rapala manages to hit on each of those criteria.

Its blade is sufficiently thin for effortlessly slicing through any caught game. The handle is slightly longer than the blade, which lends you control over the blade as you make your cuts. The handle itself is constructed of what appears to be wood or some sort of synthetic material. Despite the fact that it is not constructed of steel, consumers have reported that the handle provides an excellent counterbalance to the weight of the blade.

A bolster has been built into the handle to protect your fingers from sliding forward toward the blade as you complete you meal-prep tasks. The handle itself is somewhat contoured and has been textured to help you maintain a solid grip.

Hidden in the Handle

Any good fishing or hunting knife should feature some sort of protective covering. The worst kind of covering I have seen is a soft plastic or leather sheath. Slightly better are the hard plastic sheaths and cases which most of these knives come with. Even better, however, if the fact that this knife folds up and goes right inside the handle.

Essentially, a hard case and a handle provide the same level of protection for you, the fisher or hunter, as you carry the knife with you on your trips. Both will protect you from the blade. What makes this better than those which come with hard cases is that this knife takes up considerably less space. As someone who has packed for many camping and fishing trips, I know just how important space can be.

Rust Resistant

I’m not sure about you, but I know that despite my love of high-carbon steel I wouldn’t want to bring a high-carbon blade with me out into the wilderness. Even small degrees of dampness can cause that type of blade to rust. This knife’s stainless steel blade is rust resistant, making it perfect for use as a fishing or hunting knife.


Normally, I pride a boning knife on its extreme flexibility. In this case, however, I pride the Rapala Fillet on the fact that its blade exists somewhere between stiff and flexible. Although this blade is flexible enough to maneuver around most bones, it has also been made stiff enough to be helpful for other fishing, hunting, and camping tasks. For example, this knife will also be useful for cutting rope or fishing line.