ZA-18 Yanagiba Damascus 300mm (11.8")
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Yanagiba Damascus 300mm is a traditional Japanese knife. Due to its long and thin blade it is mainly used for cutting thin slices of raw fish (ideal for sushi lovers), and also for cutting large pieces of meat (eg steaks). This handmade Yanagiba from Yoshida Hamono has a core made of a special ZA-18 steel - very similar to VG-10 steel but slightly harder - tempered to 62 HRC. This extremely hard steel will hold sharpness for a very long time. The outer layers of the blade consist of a simple Damascus pattern which additionally protects the steel and gives it a unique design. Yanagiba is single bevel and suitable for right-handed chefs. It has a traditional Japanese handle from rosewood with a ferrule made of black tropical pakka wood. The knife is resistant to rust.
Protective wooden Knife sheath (Saya) is included with the knife (as seen on pictures).
Yanagiba Damascus knives are available in 3 sizes:
ZA-18 (very similar to VG-10)
|Handle type / wood||
Japanese / Rosewood
|Hardness (HRC scale)||62|
Use & Care:
- Handwash in warm water and towel dry
- Use a sharpening stone (not a honing steel!) to sharpen your knife
- Do not cut frozen foods and meat bones
- Do not put the knife in a dishwasher
- Read our comprehensive guide on proper Maintenance of Kitchen Knives.
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