Yanagiba knife, Aogami 2 carbon steel, Polished finish - Yu Kurosaki


Yu Kurosaki is a young blacksmith based in Takefu, Echizen. He started his blacksmithing career in 2002 appetising under Hiroshi Kato the then owner of Kanehiro. In 2018 he was given the award of Traditional Japanese Craftsman, a very high accolade. We are very proud to sell his knives and think he is a real one to watch in the future.

SHAPE: Yanagiba. This knife is used to slice protein in one continuous movement to minimize damage to the ingredient. This shape features the traditional single bevelled edge so is only suitable for right handed users. This edge design allows the blade to take a razor sharp edge helping with the slicing of fish thinly. Traditional Japanese knives, such as this, must be exclusively sharpened on whetstones.

STEEL: Aogami (blue paper) 2 steel. This is very similar to white paper steel but with tungsten and chromium added to it which helps with edge retention and slows down rusting. This steels differs from Blue 1 in its carbon content, Blue 2 being slightly less. Due to the non stainless nature of this steel care must be taken to dry the knives properly after use. 

FINISH: Polished

HANDLE: Octagonal ebony wood handle with white buffalo horn ferule

LENGTH: 330mm in length.

MAKER: Yu Kurosaki - Takefu, Japan.

BEST FOR: Looking like a player while slicing your sashimi

SAUNDERS SAYS: “Single bevel knife from Kurosaki is as rare as hen's teeth, grab it while you can."

These knives are hand-forged so there may be slight variations in measurements and finishes.