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Tojiro Shirogami Deba 180mm
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Tojiro Shirogami Deba 180mm

Item #: F-903

Average Customer Rating:
(5 out of 5 based on 12 reviews)

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Our Price: $109.00
The Deba (which translates to "pointed carving knife") is a traditional Japanese style kitchen knife which first appeared in the Edo period. They are used primarily to cut fish, though they are also used to cut other meats on occasion. This 180mm Deba is made from a high carbon, reactive Shirogami steel (also known as White #2). A carbon steel like this needs regular maintenance and oiling to prevent rust, however they also also take a sharper edge which will last longer than stainless steels. The heft and shape of the blade is designed specifically to remove the head and fillet fish. Its thickness, as well as it's obtuse angle on the back of the heel, make quick work of cutting off the heads of fish without damaging the rest of the product. The rest of the blade is then used to ride against the fish bones, separating the fillet. The blade is attached to a Ho wood handle with a plastic ferrule. The 180mm is the perfect size for filleting snapper or salmon. These knives are known for their superior performance for a very good price.

  • Weight: 10.8 ounces
  • Blade Length: 190 mm (7.375")
  • Overall Length: 330 mm (13")
  • Thickness at Heel: 7.1 mm
  • Blade Height: 56.5 mm

  • Customer Reviews


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      Awesome knife and excellent customer service, July 13, 2020
    Posted By: GN - verified customer

    Super fast shipping except for one day delay/error by my mailman. Thought it was lost as I got confirmation from USPS it was delivered. Notified Chefknives, I got re-assurance from Mark R. that if it got lost they will replace it. Now that is very good customer service. Anyway got the knife the following day delivered to my house by my neighbor :-), so we are all good. Now for the knife, as expected it is a beautiful in the video and worth the price for a starting deba. Will use this for a while and may upgrade later on. Of course, I will be buying again from Chefknives! Thank you Chefknives!

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      fantastic knife, April 4, 2020
    Posted By: colin - verified customer

    This knife is great. It's a real work horse if you cut a lot of fish. Even though it's large, you're still able to do precise filet work with smaller fish. The knife feels great in the hand with a lot of heft. The blade comes fairly sharp out of the box, but you can easily get this knife razor sharp on a stone. Though this is a simple knife, it's actually quite striking in person. For the functionality and looks you get quite a lot of value for the money. I highly recommend.

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      Good blade kinda crap handle, December 20, 2018
    Posted By: Jacob MacGown - verified customer

    Solid affordable knife though you'll want to get it rehandled and get a says.

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      Better than expected, May 17, 2017
    Posted By: Doug - verified customer

    I do a fair amount of fish fabrication at work, most days 20+ lbs of catfish... filet, skin, and portion. Additionally I clean up cuts of haddock, and portion them, as well as chicken... Lots of chicken. I wanted a full size deba because using our shop filet knives has become tedious, and at times futile. Just not sharp enough to cleanly remove skin and large fat chunks without tearing up the meat. We all know that deba's can be extremely expensive, and this was going to be my first foray, so I didn't want to drop $400 for something I may not like, and probably would then never use.What I've found is a good knife, at a great price. The grinds are not perfect, but they are good, it was sharp out of the box, but once it hit the stones it really woke up. Easily saves me a couple minutes per fish. Technique is very easy to pick up, and the single bevel, and immense weight make getting between meat and skin or meat and fat without taking chunks out of the filet simple. Worth the money, hands down.

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      Excellent purchase , May 1, 2017
    Posted By: Kevin malschafsky - verified customer

    For the price! I was really surprised goes trough fish like butter!

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      Love it, February 27, 2017
    Posted By: Allen Crutchfield - verified customer

    My only regret is that the protection cover was not available at the time of my purchase. The Deba was razor sharp right out of the box. I look forward to cleaning fish again. Great buy.

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      Awesome the best knife I owned, December 21, 2016
    Posted By: Norbert - verified customer

    Simply awesome I love it. Prefect for professional

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      great buy!, December 11, 2016
    Posted By: Tim - verified customer

    first single bevel deba purchase and working out great so far. makes quick work of the beginning stages of breaking down whole fish. goes through fish collars/skin as easily as it goes through flesh. great deal at the price!

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      Product Review, October 20, 2014
    Posted By: andy - verified customer

    Wanted to get my feet wet in the deba market without breaking the bank, this was an excellent choice. With a nice workout on the stones to flatten the blade road a bit and then brought it up to a 8k finish and stopped on some crom ox. This thing flies through fish. F&f was nice and for the price it's hard to beat. The kono saya I opted for was a perfect fit.

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      Product Review, April 7, 2014
    Posted By: Cliff - verified customer

    A terrific budget deba. This is a steal for the quality of this blade. A complaint is that my bolster will slide up and down periodically, but that's nothing a soak in water (or some wood glue) can't fix.OUTSTANDING deba for the price. So far it's been a dream fabbing striped bass, bream and salmon with this knife.

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      Product Review, July 9, 2012
    Posted By: Darren McGowen - verified customer

    Just received the knife a couple of weeks ago, my first Deba, and I love it! I'm new to japanese style knifes but have been reading up on them for about a year and as a fisherman I was fascinated by this knife due to how incredibly different it was from western style filet knives. Yes, the handle is nothing special, but certainly doesn't detract from the knives appeal at least to me. It's the blade that I found to be so wonderful! I couldn't wait to clean my first fish using this knife and was not disappointed to say the least. I used it clean a Bluefin tuna and some small Mahi we caught this past weekend and it was a revelation. I will never go back to western style blades for fish work. The knife was super sharp out of the box and the weight and shape was just awesome to use.A great knife and even better value to me!

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      Product Review, September 8, 2010
    Posted By: Brian Whitcraft - verified customer

    I was looking for a budget deba and got much more than that. it came out of the box with great F&F. It was extremely sharp and ready to use although it did spend some time on the stones before it got use. I use it to fabricate many different size whole fish and really enjoy the feeling the knife gives. It is a great buy for someone wanting a great value.I personally chose this knife because of the cost but dont let that fool you, it is a great knife. At the price, I do not believe there is a better deal out there for a 180mm deba.

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