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Sakai Kikumori "Kasumi" Yanagiba 270mm

$399.00 USD

Specifications

Style: Yanagiba
Blade Length: 270mm
Overall Length: 415mm
Height @ Heel: 32mm
Spine Thickness @ Mid: 2.8mm
Weight: 211g
Blade Material: White 2 Carbon Steel core + Soft Iron Kasumi Clad
Handle Material: Ebony w/Black Buffalo Horn 
HRC: 62-63

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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 White Steel #2, a traditional high-carbon steel, is cherished for its purity and fine grain structure, enabling razor-sharp edges, at the cost of being reactive. It is one of the easiest steels to sharpen, but cannot be left wet for even short periods otherwise rust spots can occur. If you’re fastidious in your knife maintenance, this knife can steel can be extremely rewarding to use.

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.

Introducing

Sakai Kikumori

Sakai Kikumori was founded in 1926 by Kawamura Hamono as a wholesaler, and they work with some of the best blacksmiths in Japan. Being a smaller wholesaler, they have the flexibility to create their own brands and pursue creative projects that larger brands choose not to do. They have excelled in this area, creating a line of products that are of some of the highest quality we've ever seen.

This range is crafted by none other than Yoshikazu Tanaka, widely considered to be one of the best blacksmiths in Sakai. They are forged using White 1 Steel with soft iron cladding, and a band of Kasumi finish polished by hand. Chefs Edge has opted for the upgraded Ebony handles, and the knives come with a polished and rounded spine and choil.

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Knife Care

This knife is made from a high-carbon steel and as such, will require a little more care than a regular off-the-shelf knife. It must be dried shortly after use, as prolonged exposure to moisture can cause rust spots to appear. A very light coat of oil during storage also helps to prevent rust spots. A patina (colouration and seasoning of the steel) will occur with use.

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