Sasaoka Hasami Yanagiba 210mm
There are knife makers who also forge scissors and shears, and if there's one thing we've learned it's that the guys who forge two blades to work in perfect unison can certainly make a fine single blade. Tosa city's Sasaoka Hasamiya is a great example.
Sasaoka san's handsome eight-and-a-quarter inch yanagiba is a handcrafted item so we expect slight variation in weight and length from knife to knife. What you can certainly expect is a very sharp knife out of the box, a solid choice if you're dipping your toe in the sashimi waters for the first time. As your skills develop and knife-needs evolve this knife will always be useful. The length hits a sweet spot for a home-use slicer.
The walnut handle will retain its appearance for many years. It reflects Sasaoka san's philosophy of naga-mochi, or 'long use'. We also like that he uses resin to protect the tang from water ingress. Nice touch.
|Blade steel:||YSS Aogami#2 | Nantetsu|
|Bevel:||Kataha single bevel|
|Blade spine:||5mm at neck|
|Weight in hand:||155g
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