The Takayuki Inox Yanagi 240mm is a recent addition to our ever growing line of Inox branded knives from Sakai Takayuki Knives, whose parent company, Aoki Hamono Co., Ltd., is located in Sakai/Osaka Prefecture. These price-conscious knives are made with a stainless steel that the makers call Inox. The word is actually a catchall for any stainless steel containing a minimum of 10.5% chromium by mass. In the case of this knife, the steel is actually AUS8A, a high carbon molybdenum steel which is very corrosion resistant.
The steel is really good at taking and maintaining a very sharp edge. It also has the potential to hold that edge over a long work session. Add to that its easy to maintain characteristics and tough construction and you have a knife that will perform well in most circumstances and with most users.
This is a shorter yanagiba
at just 233mm in length, as these knives usually run up to and even beyond 330mm. But this is the perfect size for most home chefs and those working in restricted spaces. It is of course single bevel, and so of use only to right-handed users. The blade is finished with some lovely kanji characters and is attached to a traditional D-shaped handle made from ho wood with a buffalo horn ferrule.
Weight: 5 ounces
Blade Length: 233 mm
Total Length: 382 mm
Spine Thickness at Base: 4 mm
Blade Height: 30.4 mm