Doi Blue #2 Yanagiba 270mm Left handed. Mr. Itsuo Doi is the 65 year old son of Keijiro Doi and worked with his father for close to 50 years before recently taking over the business after Keijiro Doi retired.
The yanagiba, or yanagi, is a knife designed to slice fish for sushi and sashimi. Yanagiba translates into "willow leaf blade." The slender blade is tailored to cut the fish in one single stroke. Its ultra sharp edge slices through the fish with minimal pressure required, thus reducing stress to the flesh and minimizing cellular damage. The yanagiba is such a specialized knife that by using different cutting techniques the chef can enhance and change the visual characteristics and flavors of the fish. There are several styles of fish slicers employed by sushi chefs but the classic yanagi is the most favored. Yanagibas are long knives and usually do not come much shorter than 270mm. This ensures that the slice is made in one single stroke. Sawing is simply not acceptable in the preparation of sushi.
Knife Brand: Takayuki
Blacksmith: Itsuo Doi
Construction: Hammer Forged
Grind: Traditioinal Single Bevel
LEFT HANDED GRIND
Cladding: Soft Iron
Core Edge Steel: Aogami #2 (Blue #2)
Weight: 7.6 ounces
Blade Length: 260 mm (10.25")
Overall Length: 415 mm (16.25")
Thickness at Heel: 4.1 mm
Blade Height: 32.9 mm
Handle: Ebony Octagonal
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