Suminagashi Yanagiba, 240mm (9 1/2 in) (F-1020)

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Product Description for Suminagashi Yanagiba, 240mm (9 1/2 in) (F-1020)

Maker: Tojiro Suminagashi Traditional Hocho (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 86368
Blade length: 9.50 in.
Total length: 14.90 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.30 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.17 in.
Item weight: 5.30 oz.
Shipment weight: 8 oz.
Blade: Kasumi-yaki blade formed from a suminagashi jigane and aogami hagane (Hrc 62-64)
Handle: Ho wood with a buffalo horn ferrule
Description: The yanagiba is a traditional Japanese knife used to cut boneless fish fillets. It is mainly used for a drawing cut. The heel of the knife is placed on the fish and the knife is lightly pressed down, letting the weight of the knife do the work while drawing the blade toward you. Sashimi knives are also excellent for slicing other boneless meats.
Tojiro Suminagashi Traditional knives are hand forged by masters in Niigata, Japan. The knives are not only impressive in appearance, with their distinctive damascus pattern, but their performance is legendary. Aogami is one of the highest quality and hardest steels used in Japan. This cutting edge (hagane) is supported by many alternating layers of damascus. This technique results in a blade that is very strong, yet fairly easy to re-sharpen. Because aogami is a carbon steel, these knives must be dried after use to prevent rust or tarnish.
Traditional Japanese chef's knives differ from European-styled knives in that they are sharpened with a bevel on only one side. The opposite side is slightly hollowed. Because of this, these knives can generally be honed to a sharper edge than can double bevel knives.
The right-handed 'D' shape handle fits comfortably and securely in the hand and is best used by a right-handed user. It is formed from ho wood, the traditional wood for Japanese handles. This wood, which is a relative of magnolia, holds up extremely well in the harsh environment of the kitchen. A buffalo horn ferrule adds nice contrast.

  • Carbon steel damascus kasumi blade
  • Extremely hard cutting edge for long-lasting razor sharp knives
  • Single bevel for thin, accurate slicing
  • Designed for right-handed use


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