A boning knife
is a type of kitchen knife
with a sharp point and narrow blade
. It is used in food preparation
for removing the bones
, and fish
. Generally 12 cm to 17 cm (5 to 6 ½ inches) in length, it features a very narrow blade. A stiff boning knife is good for boning beef and pork, but a very flexible boning knife is preferred for poultry and fish.
Newer designs, such as the Gokujo Boning and Fillet Knife from Shun, feature an arcing blade (like a samurai sword) to enhance the ease of a single pass cut in removing fish from its flesh.