Tokujuo in Japanese means “special,” and it is indeed quite fitting that these knives carry the name. Tokujuo knives are made with the care and precision demanded by Japanese professional cooks. The blade is forged from top quality shirogami #2 (white paper #2) steel using a ni-mai construction, and a traditionally ground single bevel—so these are for right-handed users only.
This knife occupies the upper end of the yanagiba
size scale and as such requires space and experience to use it to its fullest advantage. It also requires the user to understand the intricacies of single-bevel sharpening, especially given its above average length.
The slender, long blade of a yanagiba is intended to cut slices of fish in a single drawing stroke. It should require a minimal amount of pressure to achieve the slice, which therefore avoids damaging the cells of the flesh. Expert sushi chefs can actually employ different cutting techniques to enhance the aesthetics and flavors of each type of fish, but it takes a knife of this caliber to achieve these goals.
This is a fine knife that is easy to recommend. Fit and finish, grinds, and overall beauty are of the highest caliber. If you have the space and skills, this is a knife to bring a smile every time you slice into that perfect fish fillet.
Brand: Sakai Takayuki
Location: Sakai Japan
Construction: Hammer Forged, Ni Mai
Blacksmith: Togashi Kenji
Sharpener: Nishimura Norikatsu
Edge Steel: Shirogami #2
Weight: 10.1 oz (286g)
Blade Length: 321 mm
Overall Length: 490 mm
Spine Thickness at Heel: 5.21 mm
Blade Height at Heel: 37.39 mm