Carbon Yanagiba 300mm

At the point where Don Nguyen's engineering talents and knifemaking acumen converge, at that precise apex, you will find this yanagabi slicing knife. The product of years of research, development, testing, and refinements (see his 5-part Yanagiba YouTube series), fully hardened 52100 carbon steel in traditional single-bevel construction, with precisely finished, compound ura on the blade's left side (for right-handed chefs), and crisp shinogi above a silky, hand-sanded kireha, or slightly convex bevel, on the right side, form a sushi chef's dream. A balance point approximately one inch, or 25mm, in front of the blade's heel, provides a responsive and natural feel in the hand, giving its user the control and finesse required of this purpose-built tool. Removeable for care, maintenance, and uraoshi sharpening, the handle in traditional octagonal form is shaped from three layers of premium, small-batch, gold-tint carbon fiber with a unique and captivating weave pattern, around a dual 'racing stripe' paper micarta frame, and finally, capped with a ferrule of black paper micarta. From the blade’s final distal taper to a needle-like tip, to the sculpting and polishing of the asymmetrical choil, to the exactness of the blade's uraoshi designed to maximize the knife's longevity through a lifetime of sharpening, Don has finely tuned every element of this incredible tool.

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Building beautifully designed, expertly engineered chef knives at his one-man shop in the US state of Arizona, Don Nguyen's culinary tools lend themselves to daily use in even the most demanding of kitchens and applications. Often beginning with thicker-than-average raw blade steel billets, his knives tend to be work-horse tools, stiff, balanced and shaped to handle hours of cuts that don't necessarily demand a delicate touch. Yet the thin edges and aggressive tips Don shapes with precision are as suited to exacting slices as to heavy chopping.

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Blade length: 300mm / 11.9". Overall length: 452mm / 17.8". Blade width 1" in front of heel: 3.5mm. Blade width 1" from tip: 2mm. Blade height at heel: 37mm. Weight: 7.9oz / 224g.
Blade: Fully-hardened 52100 carbon steel. Handle: Carbon fiber with black paper micarta and hidden internal pins, fully removeable for uraoshi sharpening and general maintenance.
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