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Kitaoka 180mm Usuba Blue #2
Kitaoka 180mm Usuba Blue #2
Kitaoka 180mm Usuba Blue #2

Kitaoka 180mm Usuba Blue #2

Item #: Kitaoka Usuba AO Blue
Our Price: $176.00
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The usuba knife has a humble look as compared to other Japanese blade designs, but don’t let that look deceive you. This is a knife that requires great skill to to master the techniques necessary in using this traditional blade.

The usuba is designed for cutting vegetables. It has a single grind and features a fairly thin profile. The word Usuba translates to “thin cutting edge”. The fine blade and slender spine minimizes the crushing of the vegetables’ fibers, leaving a sharp shiny surface on the cut side. This is the knife used by experienced chefs to perform the difficult ‘katsuramuki’ rotary peeling technique.

The Kitaoka 180mm Usuba Blue #2 has a ‘higashigata’ style blade made popular in the Kanto area of Japan. This features a rectangular profile with squared off corners. It has a completely flat cutting edge so that it ends up flush to the board when slicing. It is a fairly stout knife with a blade heavy bias. This extra weight maximizes the efficiency of the cutting style called ‘utsu’, where the blade is kept parallel to the board and moved to the far side while allowing the weight of the knife to cut straight down through the produce.

  • Maker: Kitaoka
  • Size: 180mm
  • Type: Usuba
  • Steel: Blue #2
  • HRC: 62-63
  • Handle: Ho Wood D
  • Ferrule: Black Plastic
  • Finish: Satin
  • Right Handed Only Available currently.

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