The yanagiba is a knife used to slice boneless fish fillets into sashimi and toppings for other sushi dishes. The slender and long blade is intended to cut slices in a single drawing stroke. It requires minimal pressure to achieve the slice which avoids stress and cell destruction of the fish. Expert sushi chefs can actually employ different cutting techniques to enhance the esthetics and flavors of each type of fish.
Hideo Kitaoka crafts his fine blades from his small shop in Takefu Village, where he has honed his skills for the past 30 years. These are completely handmade knives exuding quality, great looks, and soul. Kitaoka-san explains his passion: "There have been many times when I've felt frustrated, but it is fun to make 10 or 20 knives with the same shape, by simply pounding a hammer on a red-hot iron lump. I think that's what the mind of a craftsman is."
This particular yanagiba is constructed using the popular White #1 steel or Shiro-Ko 1. This steel is identical to Blue #1 except for the absence of chromium and tungsten, so it is pretty much a pure carbon steel. Because of this it takes an extremely fine edge and is a very popular knife steel for Japanese cutlery. It has great edge retention and can be hardened to a high working hardness, in this case 63-64 HRC.
This Kitaoka Damascus Yanagiba has a blade length of 270mm and is the perfect size for most chefs and kitchens. It comes with a lovely rosewood and black pakka wood octagonal handle.
Weight: 6 ounces
Blade Length: 264 mm (10.4")
Overall Length: 413 mm (16.3")
Thickness at Heel: 3.7 mm
Blade Height: 32.7 mm
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