ZDP-189 Yanagiba Honyaki
- Knife Care
This honyaki (!) yanagiba is a rare piece. Not just in our shop (we only have 1 in stock), it is difficult to find such yanagibas on the entire knife market. Not only that honyaki knives are the most prestige pieces of cutlery and a status symbol among sushi chefs, this yanagiba is made of ZDP-189 powder steel (65-67 HRC), one of the hardest steels available for knife making. Forged by the skilled hands of Osamu-san, the head blacksmith of Yoshida Hamono.
ZDP-189 Honyaki Yanagiba is made using a traditional method of hardening, the same process used for making high-end traditional katanas. Honyaki (literally true-fired) is a term used to describe knives that are made from one piece of steel. Such knives need a different process of hardening. After the blade is forged and roughly ground, a special mixture of clay, charcoal, natural sharpening stone and water is applied to the blade in a specific pattern. The knife is then quenched in water (that's the part of the process where the katana gets its iconic curved shape). The part of the knife that was not covered in clay hardens, while the part that was covered is cooled slower and doesn't harden that much. The result is a blade made from one alloy which has two different crystalline structures. The phase line between two different structures is called hamon. It takes a lot of experience, knowledge, and equipment to "pop" the hamon.
This yanagiba has a perfect geometry and weight for amazing cutting performance. Because the entire knife is made of ZDP-189 steel, it is quite challenging to sharpen it. Sharpening requires a lot of knowledge and time, but the result is fantastic. A fine, smooth sharpness and insanely long edge retention. We recommend Suehiro or Naniwa stones between #320-#5000 granulation and the #8000 grit stone for the final polish.
Blade shape: Yanagiba
Steel type: ZDP-189
Blade construction: Honyaki / migaki
Hardness (HRC scale): 65-67
Blade length: 300mm (11.8") / 270mm (10.6")
Handle type / wood: Japanese / Rosewood
Kanji on the blade:
Blacksmith: Yoshida Hamono
Location of the smithy: SAGA / Saga Prefektura / Japan
☝️ Japanese kitchen knives in our store are handmade from natural materials. Slight variations in color, texture, weight and other dimensions are possible. We try to give a good photographic representation of our products, however computer screen resolution and colors do vary, so products might not look exactly as they are seen on screen.
Blade wear depends on the quality of steel, usage and maintenance of the blade. Japanese knives are made of high-quality steels. Follow these tips to keep your Japanese knife in top-notch shape:
✔ Use a wooden, plastic or rubber cutting board.
✔ After use, wash the knives and wipe them dry.
✔ Use a magnetic rack, knife blocks, or use protective knife sheath (saya).
✔ A good cutting technique is your best bet to prolong sharpness.
✔ Use sharpening stones to sharpen the knife.
❗️Don’t leave the knife in the sink. Wash it by hand.
❗️Don’t wash the knife in the dishwasher.
❗️Don’t use the knife on glass, ceramics, marble or steel surfaces.
❗️Don’t scrape the food off the cutting board with the edge of the blade. Use the spine of the knife instead.
❗️Knife is a tool intended for specific use - cutting food. It is not a can opener, screwdriver, trowel, wire cutter, hammer etc.
→ For more details, read our guide
on Maintenance of Kitchen Knives.
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Each knife comes with:
✔️ Instructions and knife care leaflet.
✔️ A preventive Band-Aid – the knives are very sharp! 😉
✔️ Original box from the blacksmith, which we wrap in an old Japanese newspaper sheet – so every knife is ready to be passed on as a gift as soon as it hits your doorstep!
✔️ We also offer a special gift wrapping option with the traditional Japanese washi paper.
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