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Kitaoka Blue #2 Usuba 180mm Lefty
Kitaoka Blue #2 Usuba 180mm Lefty Kitaoka Blue #2 Usuba 180mm Lefty
Kitaoka Blue #2 Usuba 180mm LeftyKitaoka Blue #2 Usuba 180mm Lefty

Kitaoka Blue #2 Usuba 180mm Lefty

Item #: KitaokaAO-Usuba180LEFT

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(5 out of 5 based on 2 reviews)

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Our Price: $176.00
The usuba is designed for cutting vegetables. It has a single edge 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 vegetable's 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 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 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.

This knife is made with a core steel of Aogami Blue #2 and covered on one side with a soft iron layer. The resulting blade is susceptible to corrosion so it requires careful drying after use. A traditional Ho wood handle with a D-shaped profile completes the package.

This single bevel knife is made specifically for left handed users. We also have a right handed version available.

  • Blacksmith: Kitaoka San
  • Blade Construction: Ni Mai, Single Bevel Left
  • Cladding: Soft Iron
  • Edge Steel: Blue #2
  • Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Blade Length: 170 mm (6.75")
  • Overall Length: 325 mm (12.75")
  • Thickness at Heel: 3.8 mm
  • Blade Height: 46.5 mm
  • Handle: Rosewood Octagonal
  • Ferrule: Black Pakka Wood
  • Please note you will get the handle pictured not the one in the video
  • Please note: We are only shipping Kitaoka knives in the USA

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      Very nice blade
    Posted By: Jonathan - verified customer

    This blade is a little heavier and thicker than my Takeda nakiri, but it cuts like a pro and it is great to have a lefty blade for once. It was blisteringly sharp out of the box. Make sure you clean and dry it immediately after use. It may rust if you are not careful, and it will stain after use. Other than that, a superb blade.

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    Posted By: Chris Jones - verified customer

    Amazing knife to begin with ordered a custom handles (bubinga) and the craftsmanship was 5 stars beautiful F & F, but the blade was hair popping OOTB very light and well balanced haven't had a chance to use in my kitchen but I'm going to make some cucumber rolls. Beautiful I'd recommend this to any lefty. Thanks Mark.

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