Sakai Kanechika Ginsan Yanagiba 230mm - Left Handed

$388.00 USD


Style: Yanagiba - Left Handed
Blade Length: 230mm
Overall Length: 380mm
Weight: 153g
Blade Height @ Heel: 31mm
Bevel: Single Bevel
Spine Thickness @ Heel: 4mm
Spine Thickness @ Mid: 3.2mm
Blade Material: Ginsan
Handle Material: D-Shaped Magnolia w/ Black Buffalo Horn Bolster
HRC: ~61



Blade Type

The Yanagiba knife, a staple in traditional Japanese cuisine, is a slender, long-bladed knife primarily used for slicing sashimi and sushi. Its graceful, single-beveled edge guarantees precise, thin cuts, preserving the texture and integrity of the fish. Revered for its sharpness and balance, the Yanagiba is essential for authentic Japanese food preparation.

Steel Type

Japanese Ginsan steel, also known as Silver-3 or G3, is an underrated high-grade semi-stainless steel loved by many for being in the ‘goldilocks zone’ of knife steels. It holds a very respectable edge, but is effortless to sharpen. It is considered the semi-stainless version of White 2. It is the knife steel of choice for many home cooks and professional chefs alike.

Recommended Maintenance

Store it in a dry environment using magnetic strips, knife rolls, or sayas. Avoid hitting hard or frozen objects and twisting the blade while cutting. These knives are not dishwasher safe. Clean with hot water and a soft cloth, and dry immediately after use to prevent rust spots on the high carbon steel. For more information please read the blog below.


Sakai Kanechika

Sakai Kanechika is based out of Sakai City, Osaka Prefecture. Mr. Fujii san specializes in the sharpening of his knives and has been in the knife business for more than 50 years.

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Knife Care

This knife is made with a stainless steel and is easy going and low on maintenance. It has high chromium content, meaning it is generally considered safe to leave wet on the board for short periods of time. is still best practice to not leave this knife to air dry as it's stain-less not stain-none! Wipe down after washing the knife and store away from any sources of moisture. 

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