The yanagiba (or just yanagi for short) is specifically designed to make sashimi cuts easier. It is also adept at general slicing duties. These knives are made from high quality, high-carbon steel, in this case Aogami Blue #2. In order to retain their edge and add strength to the blade, they are constructed with a layer of softer iron on the outside of the core.
Yanagi are single-beveled, which means that only one side of the blade edge is sharpened, and the other side is slightly concave in shape. The back side is curved to prevent fish from sticking to the blade. These blades are thicker than the average Western knife, but still considered relatively thin by Japanese standards.
Kitaoka-san has been forging high end kitchen blades for 30 years. Although a relative newcomer to the ancient art of blade and knife making, he has gained a first class reputation among his peers and professional chefs for his skills in forging and shaping wonderful blades in the traditional style.
This is a lovely yanagiba with a beautiful satin finished one sided blade. These knives are finished with an octagon shaped Japanese style rosewood handle and black ferrule. This type of handle creates a knife with overall lightness and a blade forward balance. Just what is needed in a yanagiba. There should be no need for downward pressure as the knife is pulled backwards to make the clean slice.
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