The Masamoto KK Series is Masamoto’s most affordable range of hand-made Japanese traditional-style Kasumi knives, however, they maintain the high standards of craftsmanship, product quality and cutting performance that Masamoto are famous for.
Masamoto KK Series Knife uses a blade core of Hitachi White Steel No.2 (Shiro-ko #2; HRc. 62-63), which is forge-welded with soft iron. White Steel No.2 is very pure and is capable of achieving a high hardness level without being overly brittle, therefore it can be used to create very sharp edges with good edge retention, which are still easy to sharpen.
This knife is fitted with a traditional Japanese ‘D-shaped’ magnolia wood handle with a water buffalo horn ferrule / collar. This knife also includes a matching magnolia wood Saya (Sheath) for safekeeping.
Yanagiba knives are primarily used to slice boneless fish fillets for Sashimi and Sushi dishes, but they can also be used to fillet small to medium-sized fish and are often used for skinning fish. The narrow blade and relatively acute edge angle of the Yanagiba are features which greatly reduce the effort required to cut through ingredients. As with the Sujihiki, the long blade allows the fish to be cut in one single drawing motion, from heel to tip.
The combination of cutting technique, acute blade angle, and sharp edge result in very little cellular damage in the cut surface. This is particularly important for dishes where the fish is eaten raw, because it helps to preserve the original flavor and texture of the fish.
Knife Model: Masamoto KK Series Yanagiba
Blade Material: White Steel No.2
Rockwell Hardness (HRc): 62 to 63
Blade Grind and Edge Shape: Single Bevel Edge
Handle Material: D Shaped Magnolia Wooden Handle with Water Buffalo Horn Ferrule
Saya Included: Yes.
| Yanagiba 210mm (8.2")|
Total Length: 350mm
Blade Thickness: 3.6mm
Blade Width: 30mm
Total Weight: 110g
| Yanagiba 240mm (9.4")|
Total Length: 390mm
Blade Thickness: 3.8mm
Blade Width: 31mm
Total Weight: 140g
| Yanagiba 270mm (10.6")|
Total Length: 420mm
Blade Thickness: 4.2mm
Blade Width: 33mm
Total Weight: 170g
| Yanagiba 300mm (11.8")|
Total Length: 460mm
Blade Thickness: 4.7mm
Blade Width: 36mm
Total Weight: 230g
| Yanagiba 330mm (12.9")|
Total Length: 490mm
Blade Thickness: 4.8mm
Blade Width: 37mm
Total Weight: 260g
Japanese Traditional Style “Wa-Bocho” knives generally come with Single bevel edge for right handed use (the opposite side of blade is ground flat with slightly concaved shape). The reverse grinding left handed version is also available at 50% extra of regular price. (Sorry for much extra! Due to a small demand for the left handed version in Japan, it is costly to run a special small production from the beginning step). We try to keep the left handed versions in stock, but once sold out, it may take 30 to 45 days for delivery. Please contact us first for the availability at email.
We believe the quality and cutting performance of Japanese knives are the best in the world, and hope you enjoy the fine craftsmanship and their sharp edge of your new knife. With proper cares, every Japanese knife should be your special cooking partner for a long time.
This is the Carbon steel blade kitchen knife that can get rust and discolor easily, and requires extra care and attention to prevent rust.
This is the 4th knife I’ve purchased from JCK. Koki has been great every time. They have such a great range and delivery is super quick The Masamoto Yanagiba is a super sharp knife straight out of the box, and materials and craftsmanship is top notch. I’m not a professional chef, so got the 10.6 inch version which suits me well for my application. Love this knife. Thanks again Koki
My expectations were met and more. The weight and size was just perfect. It’s so durable and reliable. It was difficult to get adjusted to it but once I did it was smooth sailing from there. 10/10 would recommend, will be buying more of these products.
one of the best knives i have ever used!!!!
Very good shipping delay, koki really care, before and after the delivery. The knife it’s beautiful.
Thank you Masamoto Sohonten and Koki for liaising throughout the transaction and shipping . Can see very obviously that the knife is hand crafted and the grips is comfortable .