At the first glance, you might think that the unfamiliar features of these Japanese traditional-style knife will mean that it is not suitable for use in your kitchen. However, Master Saji has made no compromises in the cutting performance or functionality of this unconventional looking knife.
The blade is made of Hitachi Gingami No.3 stainless steel, which is highly regarded for its edge sharpness and edge retention, in addition to its strong resistance to corrosion and low maintenance requirements.
To ensure that the stag antler handle is comfortable and secure to grip, Master Saji carefully selected the material for each handle and checked the consistency of its diameter and overall shape.
The Yanagiba is primarily used to slice boneless fish fillets for Sashimi and Sushi dishes, but it can also be used to fillet small to medium-sized fish, and is 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: Takeshi Saji Gingami No.3 Yanagiba
Blade Material: Gingami No.3
Rockwell Hardness (HRc): 58 to 59
Blade Grind and Edge Shape: Single Bevel Edge
Handle Material: Stag Handle with Brass Ring
Saya Included: No.
Yanagiba 270mm (10.6")
Total Length: 415mm
Blade Thickness: 4mm
Total Weight: 242g
Yanagiba 300mm (11.8")
Total Length: 450mm
Blade Thickness: 4mm
Total Weight: 256g
We believe quality and performance of Japanese knives are best in the world and hope you enjoy fine craftsmanship and spirits from your new knife. With proper cares, every Japanese knives can be your special cooking partner for long time.
This is the Stainless steel blade kitchen knife, which has good rust resistance for easy maintenance. However even stainless steel blade kitchen knife has rust situation if you leave it with wet condition.
- Before starting to use the knife, please wash it with water for cleaning up.
- Please do not put this knife in the dishwasher, please hand wash.
- Please do not leave this knife in water or wet condition for long time.
- After using, please hand wash it and wipe it clean and dry with soft clothes. (Includes bolster and handle part)
- This is an extremely sharp knife. Please use special cares in using and storing it.
- Unlike German made knives, Japanese knife blades are ground to thin cutting edge for sharper cutting and easier re-sharpening. Please protect the edge from hitting hard materials to avoid chipping or cracking.
- Please do not use it to cut bone or frozen foods, hard foods such as lobster and crab which have hard surface.
- We recommend re-sharpening the knife using Japanese whetstones, when it gets dull.