Ikenami Hamono Yanagiba sashimi-bocho 200mm
Ikenami Hamono is an island knifemaker surrounded by deep sea so it's natural that they produce a varied range of fish-centric knives. The company's specialist sashimi knives include their high-end kataha single-bevel yanagiba and takohiki and this, their ryōba double-bevel yanagiba for the home.
This knife is a little more multi-purpose than its single-bevel stablemates. It's great for slicing rolled sushi of course, ham too, or konyaku, chicken breast or pretty much any boneless protein if it comes to that. All will shine with a cut surface that enhances presentation. Sharpening is straightforward and while the length will call for some discipline if you're using a whetstone the white#1 steel is relatively quick to hone. A ceramic-wheel sharpener or similar will work perfectly well.
If this 200mm variant is too long for your workspace Ikenami Hamono also produces this knife with a 170mm blade, available here.
|Blade steel:||YSS Shirogami #1 | nantetsu|
|Bevel:||Ryōba double bevel|
|Weight in hand:||117g
Posted by Ricardo Ricardo on 10th Mar 2019
Received mine today - Thank you, Mr. Shaw!
My second Ikenami Hamono knife and I must say they're precision tools. Sharp as expected, very clean design and functional in the kitchen. The price helps too! I intend to use it as my primary filleting knife. Together with the 180 mm Naginata, they make a pair to be reckoned with.
Minor con: the handle seems to be a bit off-centre. Not a deal breaker I actually like it that way :)