Can anyone identifty this knife brand?

Discussion in 'Cooking Knife Reviews' started by punkchef22, Jun 25, 2012.

  1. punkchef22

    punkchef22

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    I received this knife as a gift from my old sushi purveyor. Just curious if anyone might know anything about it. The box gives very little information.

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    Thanks for any help.

    -Alex
     
  2. phatch

    phatch Moderator Staff Member

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    I see things that look similar behind the counter at some of my local asian stores. They're not particularly expensive, but I've never handled any of them.
     
  3. boar_d_laze

    boar_d_laze

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    It appears to be a yanagiba.  A yanagiba is primarily used to slice already-trimmed proteins, and is one of the knives used in a traditional, professional, Japanese, three-knife set.  The other two are the deba and usuba

    Looking at the proportions, I'd guess the length of the knife at 210mm.  That's on the short side for that type of knife, but hardly uncommon.

    I can't tell you anything about the quality of your knife or the identity of its maker; but the price range runs from very cheap to incredibly expensive.  Try posting the pic on a knife forum with some members who read Japanese.  

    There are many ins and outs to using and sharpening a yanagiba.  You'd be better off talking to someone who uses one.

    BDL 
     
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  4. jbroida

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    sakai kikutaka
     
  5. phatch

    phatch Moderator Staff Member

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    I'm no expert on these things but the picture above doesn't have the blade wideness to be that based on other pix on the web.
     
  6. stipcarters

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    I agree with JBroida, Out of the visible/understandable symbols on the box, the middle says "kiku".
     
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    i know that brand... i know who makes it.  I'm sure thats what it is.
     
  8. petemccracken

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  9. duckfat

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    Nice gift from a purveyor no matter what brand it is.

    Dave