Ikenami Hamono Ryoba Deba 130mm Black-forged
Ikenami Hamono is an island knifemaker surrounded by deep sea so it's natural that their customer base would include a large number of fisherfolk and businesses in the seafood processing industry. The company forges a wide range of specialist fish knives including two ranges of deba, high-end 'kataha' single bevel and their 'ryōba' double-bevel alternatives.
Kataha deba knives reward skilled use and require a certain level of infrastructure to maintain and sharpen. While they are immensely appealing, a kataha deba is not always the most practical choice to own. If you have the commitment, go for it.
Ikenami Hamono's black-forged deba knives are a great alternative. They are an affordable, hand-forged, easy to sharpen knife that will cleave, slice and fillet with the best of them. Quenching and tempering produces a blade with the cutting feel that tanebocho are known for, with the toughness and sharpness required of a deba. They look the business too. And they're equally suitable for left-handers, who won't be faced with the standard lefty-loading on kataha knives.
|Blade steel:||YSS Shirogami #1 | nantetsu|
|Bevel:||Ryōba double bevel|
|Left-handed available:||Handle and blade suit both hands|
|Weight in hand:||170g
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