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Sushi and Sashimi Knives

“Sushi Knife” and “Sashimi Knife” refers to "Wa-bocho" or the traditional Japanese style kitchen knives, like "Yanagiba", "Fuguhiki", "Deba" and "Usuba(Nakiri)" in a narrow sense.

But now they sometimes mean whole Japanese kitchen knives worldwide outside Japan, including Western style kitchen knives made/designed in Japan, "Gyuto", "Santoku", etc. as well as the Wa-bocho.

The followings are picked up for those who are looking for the Sushi/Sashimi knives.


(1) Sushi / Sashimi Knives in traditional Japanese style

   For general cooking, especially cutting raw fish and making sushi, 
a set of Yanagiba and Deba (and preferably Usuba [or Nakiri] for vegetable) is recommended.

Yanagiba (Sashimi)


A Sashimi Knife, for cutting and filleting fish or ham with a pull stroke. Slim blade in the shape of a willow leaf or Katana (sword). Long and Narrower blade is suitable for slicing tasks. Especially for preparing fresh, good&beautiful shape of raw fishes (sashimi). The Yanagiba is called "Shobu" and popular in Western Japan (around Osaka and Kyoto).
The "Deba" is designed for cutting fish and light mincing. The back of the blade can be used to chop thin bones. Thick and Heavier blade of Deba has good durable edge, suitable for cutting a Fish, a Chicken, also for filleting tasks. Its history goes back to the Edo era in Sakai, Japan
Usuba (Vegetable knife)type-usuba.jpg The Usuba has a thin & straight blade for clean cutting on the chopping board; paper-thin slices are no problem, even with ripe tomatoes. Wide blade for good guidance along the finger knuckles. It has been used by professional chefs in Eastern Japan (around Tokyo).



Standard-Grade Knife Series

   The followings are made of rust-resistant materials and durable for long-lasting performance. 

Masahiro Stainless Japanese-style

sakai takayuki inox japanese-style tojiro-pro-swedish-m.v.-all-stainless narihira9000-wa-bocho
Masahiro Stainless

Sakai Takayuki Inox

Tojiro-Pro Swedish M.V.

Narihira No.9000 Stainless


High-Grade Knife Series

   For professional use to cooking sushi / sashimi, these series are recommended.

Masamoto Honkasumi Tamashiro Steel

Sakai Takayuki Chef-series Gingami No.3 Steel Sabun Honyaki (Tamashiro Steel) [with Saya] Sakai Kikumori Supreme Shiroko (White steel)
Masamoto Honkasumi Gyokuhaku-ko (White Steel)
Sakai Takayuki Chef-series Gingami No.3 Steel Sabun Honkasumi Gyokuhaku-ko (White Steel) Sakai Kikumori Supreme Shiroko (White steel)


Premier-Grade Knife Series

   Aogami series, one of the hardest materials, recommended for skillful sushi chef.

Sabun Aoko (Aogami No.1 steel)

sakai-takayuki-homura-premium.jpg Sakai Jikko Montanren Aoko (Aogami No.2 steel) sakai-takayuki-genbu-aogami-2-steel-.jpg
Sabun Aoko
(Aogami No.1 steel)

Sakai Takayuki Homura Premium (Aogami 2 steel)

Sakai Jikko Montanren
(Aogami No.2 steel)

Sakai Takayuki Genbu (Aogami 2 steel)



(2) Sushi / Sashimi Knives in Western style 

   For general cooking, a set of Gyuto(Chef Knife), Sujihiki(Slicer) and Petty is recommended.

Gyuto (Chefs knife)type-gyuto.jpg Versatile cooking knife for cutting up, filleting and preparing meat and fish. Slim blades for intricate tasks, pull or push cuts. Most standard and popular blade among Western Style knives, so called “Chefs Knife”. Gyuto is one of the most versatile blade type, suitable design for cutting, slicing meats, vegetables and fishes.
Sujihiki/ Slicer/ Carving knifetype-sujihiki.jpg "Sujihiki" or Slicer (or Carving knife, depending on the purpose and detailed shape) has narrower and longer blade. The Sujihiki is suitable design for the slicing tasks. If you often cut and slice (fillet) fishes, meats, hams etc, Sujihiki is the best choice for your needs.
Petty (Utility knife)type-petty.jpg Small all-purpose knife for fruit, peeling and cutting small objects. Compact, good handling of Petty knife is suitable design for peeling fruits, preparing various kinds of foods and precise works.


Standard-Grade Knife Series

   For standard cooking, a set of Gyuto(Chef Knife), Sujihiki(Slicer) and Petty is recommended.


Tojiro DP Cobalt Alloy 3 Layers Sakai Takayuki INOX brieto-m11-pro

Tojiro DP Cobalt Alloy 3 Layers

Sakai Takayuki INOX

Brieto-M11PRO MV Stainless


High-Grade Knife Series

   The high-grade knives with excellent sharpness and hardness will support you
   successfully to make difference.


GLESTAIN TK Stainless Masamoto Hyper-Carbon MV Stainless Masamoto HC (Prime High-Carbon) Steel


Masahiro MV-H
Stainless (Honyaki)

Masamoto HC
(Prime High-Carbon) Steel


Premier-Grade Knife Series

   The Premier-grade knives are highly recommended for skillful professional chefs.


Misono UX10 Swedish Stainless tojiro-r2-sg2-powdered-high-speed-steel grand chef


Misono UX10 Swedish Stainless

Tojiro R2 SG2 Powdered 
High Speed Steel

Sakai Takayuki Grand Chef


Stylish Blades

   Damascus, Hammered, Dragon engraved and Swordish shaped Knives for your best Gift


Misono Swedish High-Carbon Steel DRAGON Iseya I-series 33 Layer VG-10 Damascus Hammered Sakai Takayuki Grand Chef Kiritsuke
Sakai Takayuki 33-Layer VG10 Damascus Hammered

Misono Swedish High-Carbon Steel DRAGON

Iseya I-series 33 Layer VG-10 Damascus Hammered

Sakai Takayuki Grand Chef Kiritsuke


Originally, all Japanese kitchen knives – Hocho – clearly show their relation to the Samurai sword. The blades are forged traditionally in multiple layers, with an inner core of hard and brittle carbon steel, forgewelded with a thick layer of soft and more ductile iron steel sandwiched around the core so that the hard steel is exposed only at the cutting edge. Only this elaborate procedure ensures an optimum synthesis of breaking strength and ultimate sharpness.

Nowadays stainless steel is often used for Japanese kitchen knives, and multi-layer laminated blade construction (so-called “Damascus”) is used in more expensive blades to add corrosion resistance while maintaining strength and durability.

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All the Hocho-Knife Staff


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