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DEBA and AJIKIRI DEBA knife
The Deba Knife is a Japanese style kitchen carver primarily used to cut fish. In smaller 120 mm sizes it is also called ajikiri deba. Depending on size, it is 5mm to 9mm thick.
Its thickness, and often a more obtuse angle on the back of the heel allow it to cut off the heads of fish without damage. The rest of the blade is then used to ride against the fish bones, separating the fillet. The smaller sizes are less thick, allow the knife to move through flesh easily, and are much more nimble.
They are still much thinner behind the edge and more fragile than a Western butcher knife.
Deba knives always come in a single bevel.
Like the yanagi, it is not found in any European knife type.
The general size is 120 mm to 210 mm.