270mm yanagibas are probably the most popular length of this ubiquitous knife. They are long enough to tackle most fish sizes while being short enough for tighter spaces. The long length is important for making the slice in one movement. A sawing action will deform the piece while damaging the fragile cell structure of the fish. Conversely, the more compact dimensions of this 270mm make for easier maintenance and sharpening.
This fine example of the breed is made with Shirogami 2 steel, better known as White # 2. This particular alloy is favored by many blacksmiths and knife users, especially in the making of traditional yanagibas. The inner core is hammer forged ni-mai style with a soft iron cladding.
The single-bevel blade is made to the highest standards by Master Bladesmith Kenji Togashi, and features a lovely transition at the primary grind between the cladding and the blade edge. Master Togashi was awarded the Sakai Traditional Craftsman award in 1996. He is now considered to be one of the best bladesmiths in Japan and his work is highly sought after by both kitchen knife enthusiasts and collectors worldwide.
Weight: 7.0 oz (198g)
Blade Length: 264 mm
Overall Length: 417 mm
Spine Thickness at Heel: 4.60 mm
Blade Height at Heel: 33.45 mm