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Kitaoka Deba 165mm Blue #2 Lefty
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Kitaoka Deba 165mm Blue #2 Lefty

Item #: KitaokaLeftDeba165

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Our Price: $185.00
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Deba knives are one of the three most popular traditional knife shapes in Japan. The Deba is mainly used for cleaning and filleting fish and dressing poultry and other meats. The heaviness of the very wide spine lends stability and extra heft that is needed to cut through tough joints and bones with ease. The thick spine of the blade gradually becomes thinner towards the tip allowing for a great amount of control in manipulating the blade when filleting fish and guiding it along bones.

The Kitaoka 165mm Deba is made from Blue #2 Hitachi steel. This is a very popular alloy for kitchen knives. It is the same as White #2 but with added chromium and tungsten. These elements endow the alloy with better corrosion resistance and edge retention. Remember, though, that this is a carbon steel and must be carefully cleaned and dried after use.

Aogami Blue #2 outperforms Shirogami (White Steel) in a couple of ways. Notably, better edge retention and an ability to take a more acute edge geometry. Kitaoka-san tempers his Blue Steel to an HRC of 62-63 which we think is a sweet spot for this alloy.

This beautifully finished, strong blade is fitted with a new upgraded Rosewood octagonal handle with black Pakka wood ferrule.
This single bevel knife is made specifically for left handed users.

  • Blacksmith: Kitaoka San Construction: Hammer Forged, Left Handed Grind
  • As of 4/6/2018 the handle is Rosewood Octagonal
  • Weight: 9.4 ounces
  • Blade Length: 170 mm (6.75")
  • Overall Length: 310 mm (12.25")
  • Thickness at Heel: 7.4 mm
  • Blade Height: 51.6 mm
  • Please note the video has the old handle. The new one is correctly pictured above.
  • Please note: We are only shipping Kitaoka knives in the USA

  • Customer Reviews

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    5  So few good left-handed knives, April 6, 2019
    Posted By: Stefan Luders - verified customer

    And after a week or two of use, I'm very satisfied with this Kitaoka Deba. It's hefty, it's sharp, it seems to keep a good edge so far and I love it.

    The flat side has a little hollow-grind which helps against things sticking to it. It also helps with seeing exactly where a sharpening stone is actually touching the blade itself.

    The edge side has a little curve to it, and since this is my first single edge knife I'm sort of relearning how to sharpen a knife of this type properly, but all in all and really very satisfied.

    Given the steel and the general workmanship I think that the price is still quite reasonable as well.

    Last, but not least, it just handles like a dream.


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    5  Kitaoka lefty deba, May 13, 2018
    Posted By: Michael
    1 people found this review helpful

    Wow. This knife is amazing. Had it for a few weeks now and don't use anything else. Took a while to get super sharp but now it cuts like no knife I've ever had. Very versatile, amazing quality. I couldn't have asked for better.

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