The yanagiba is, quite simply, the ideal slicing knife. "Yanagiba" means, "willow blade."
True to its name, the Shun Classic Pro Yanagiba has a long, thin, "willowy" blade with the traditional Japanese single-bevel edge and hollow-ground back. It is designed to be pulled through the food, reducing loss of the natural juices and creating the cleanest cuts imaginable. The yanagiba is most often used for preparing sashimi, or sliced raw fish, and is excellent for slicing meats and other moist foods as well. Shun offers three sizes of yanagiba slicing knives. At 8 ¼ inches, this is the shortest one—ideal for slicing smaller roasts and medium-sized fish.
The Shun Classic Pro 8 ¼-in. Yanagiba is part of the Shun Classic Pro line of traditional Japanese blade shapes. Because nothing compares to the scalpel-like precision of a single-bevel, the Shun Classic Pro line features single-bevel blades in pure VG10 stainless steel with sharp chisel edges and comfortable D-shaped PakkaWood handles. With their dramatic, graffiti-etched blades, these knives are visually striking as well. The etched design on the blade—different for each blade style—is similar to etching found on custom Japanese knives and used to identify the blade’s maker. Blade backs are gently hollow ground, creating a tiny air pocket between blade and food so the knife glides through each task with quick precision. Sharpening on a whetstone is practically effortless.
- The Shun Classic Pro 8 1/4-in. Yanagiba is an indispensible Japanese slicing knife, perfect for sushi and sashimi
- Hand-sharpened 16° single-bevel blade
- Steel: VG10
- Handle: D-shaped ebony PakkaWood®
- Blade length: 8 1/4 in. (20.9 cm)
- Beautiful graffiti-etched blades
- Handcrafted in Japan
The Shun Pro Sho series focuses exclusively on single-edged and thus traditional Japanese blade shapes. Thanks to an extremely high standard of manufacture and material properties, the series is particularly suitable for continuous professional use. The elegant design of the knife combines classic Japanese styling with contemporary features in a masterly fashion. A visual highlight of the knives, they are elaborately decorated with an ornamental pattern in an innovative manufacturing process. The black pakkawood handle, with its simple, elegant D shape, as in the Shun Classic series, is in marked functional contrast to the opulent blade pattern.
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