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The Tojiro Zen Yanagi knife 21 cm is a single-beveled traditional Japanese slicing knife.
Its long blade allows creating easily thin, perfect slices of raw fish, needed for sushi and sashimi. To slice, start with the back of the knife blade and simply pull it through the fish, letting the weight of the blade itself do the work.
Made for right-hand use, the yanagiba has a bevel on the right side and a concave on the left. This allows a more acute angle compared to most double bevel knives and nonstick properties.
The back face (urasuki) is concave to easily detach the blade from the substance being cut and the front bevel (shinogi) allows sliced piece to be easily removed from the blade after cutting.
An additional bevel at the end of the blade (double single bevel) makes the Yanagi knife even sharper and helps when sharpening as a guide.
The Tojiro Zen collection radiates the Japanese tradition of knife-making.
The blade of the Zen yanagi-ba is comprised of two layers, instead of the usual three. The central layer of the blade is made of VG-10 steel, an extremely hard core alloy with the addition of cobalt, hardened to a hardness of 60+/-1 HRC Rockwell, developed by Takefu industries.
The core is clad on the right side with a softer, corrosion-resistant 13-chrome steel.
The knife becomes harder and sharper but with a need for extra care after use.
The Zen series consists of traditional Japanese shaped knives. The relatively large traditional D-handle on these knives is made from light-weight oak wood with a black PC resin ferrule.
The handle is shaped in the traditional Japanese D-shape. Basically this means it is suited for right-handed use, but the a-symmetry does not bother for left-handed users.
Use and Care
|Brand||TOJIRO Co., ltd|
|Country of origin||Japan|
|Overall length||34.7 cm|
|Blade length||21 cm|
|Blade width||2.9 cm|
|Blade thickness||3.1 mm|
|Number of layers||3|
|Alloy||VG10 with Chrome 13|
|Finish blade||Damaskus satin|
|Bevel||Single bevel right-handed|
|Handle length||12.7 cm|
|Handle material||Oak wood with black PC resin ferrule|
|Warranty on materials and manufacturing defects||2 years|