Japanese blade types

I. Santoku

Santoku is Japanese for: three advantages. The Santoku is the traditional Japanese shape for a universal knife, similar to the European Chef’s knife. The name “three advantages” derives from the three possible universal applications: the cutting of fish, meat and vegetables.

II. Nakiri

Nakiri is Japanese for: vegetable chopper. The Nakiri blade shape is traditional for Japanese vegetable knives and is mostly used for cutting all kinds of vegetables. In spite of its hatchet shape, this knife is not suitable for dissecting bones.

III. Yanagiba

Yanagiba is Japanese for: willow leaf blade. The Yanagiba is traditionally used in Japan as a slicing knife. Its slim and long blade makes this knife particularly suitable for wafer-thin cuts, which are typical in the preparation of Sushi and Sashimi. This knife guarantees an artistic, yet more importantly, clean and smooth cutting performance. The length and the shape of the blade allow a long and continuous cutting movement.

IV. Deba

Deba is Japanese for: cutting blade. The Deba is traditionally used in Japan as a hatchet. This stable and heavy knife possesses a strong, wide blade with a single cutting edge. The front of the blade is mainly used to fillet fish. The rear part of the blade is stronger and is used, among other applications, for dissecting small chicken or fish bones.