Sakai Shigekatsu Usuba (vegetable knife), 180 mm -Left handed-
Sakai Shigekatsu Usuba
This beautiful Japanese vegetable knife has a classic single-sided sharpened blade for left-handed use. The knife has a core of Japanese Shirogami carbon steel and has a traditional handle of Honoki wood. Completely hand-forged by Shigekatsu-san, this knife is one of a kind.
A Usuba is the traditional single-sided sharpened vegetable knife from Japan. Due to the straight cut and the concave in the back of the knife, this knife is excellent for embossing. A Usuba is also used for specialized cuts such as katsuramuki, which involves peeling a vegetable cylinder into a thin sheet.
- Blade length: 180 mm
- Total length: 315 mm
- Weight: 178 grams
- Thickness: max 3.6 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 left-handed use)
Like all Japanese knives, the handmade knives from Shigekatsu-san are not dishwasher safe, cleaning and drying after each use is the best treatment for these exclusive products.
PS: the knife in the photo is the right-handed version. However, this is the version for left-handed use!