Sakai Shigekatsu Mioroshi deba (fish knife), 210 mm
Sakai Shigekatsu Mioroshi Deba
This beautiful Japanese fish knife has a classic single-sided cut blade. The knife has a core of Japanese Shirogami carbon steel and has a traditional handle of Honoki wood. This knife is completely hand-forged by Shigekatsu-san and is unique in its kind. Compared to a similarly sized Hon-deba, the blade of the Mioroshi Deba is narrower, thinner and has a more acute point. A Mioroshi Deba is perfect for filleting and distributing fish, but it can also slice fish very well. Some people consider the Mioroshi Deba to be a combination of a Hon-deba and Yanagiba.
However, because it is thinner and more brittle than the Hon Deba it takes considerable expertise to perform the same tasks without damaging the blade. Similarly, because the blade of the Mioroshi Deba is shorter, wider, and thicker than that of the Yanagiba it is somewhat less ideal for finely slicing fish. Despite these apparent weaknesses, the Mioroshi Deba is particularly popular with professional Japanese food chefs because, when used with sufficient skill, it can perform the majority of tasks normally done with the more specialized Yanagiba and Hon Deba.
The Mioroshi Deba is available in blade lengths between 165mm to 330mm, with the 210mm and 240mm sizes being most commonly recommended.
- Blade length: 210 mm
- Total length: 380 mm
- Weight: 220 grams
- Thickness: max 3 mm (at the handle)
- Steel type: core steel: Japanese Shirogami #2 steel (non-stainless) with 1 layer of steel on the outside (Sanmai forged)
- Hardness: 62 (Rockwell C)
- Handle: traditional honoki handle with plastic bolster (suitable for right-handed use)
Like all Japanese knives, the handmade knives from Shigekatsu-san are not dishwasher safe, clean and dry after every use is the best treatment for these exclusive products.