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Hitohira FJ VG-1 Yanagiba 210mm Pakka Handle

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€149,00 EUR
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We love all knives from the FJ line, a favorite since their arrival in 2020. After visiting the craftsmen responsible for this line in Feb ’23 I only got to appreciate them more.
This maker doesn’t compromise in the heat treatment and grinding in any way. They purposely give their knives an above average hardness even though it makes the grinding much more time consuming. The edge retention of the FJ knives is noticeably better in comparison because of this excellent heat treatment. Their VG-10 en SG2 is without a doubt the best we’ve come across from this region.

Of all the lines we carry the VG-10 is my absolute favorite. Both the western and the Japanese handled versions are in my opinion the pinnacle of functionality. The WA handles are lighter and feel more laser-like while the western handle offers a more sturdy feel. Both have superb cutting performance, finish and sharpen way better than other VG-10 knives.
This series will outperform many others even from other price categories and they are in my humble opinion all that a knife needs to be.

We carry the FJ VG-10 with Wa and Yo handle, the VG-1 with western and the SG2 series. The VG-1 is a step down in hardness and fit ’n finish but also in price compared to the VG-10 line. The hardest of them all and the only series with a San Mai construction is the SG2. This steel takes the most effort which results in the higher price but it will have the longest lasting edge life.

What kind of knife is this?

The traditional Japanese slicer. The king of knives and ofter referred to as ’Sushi knife’ it is used for slicing boneless protein. More specific and less versatile compared to the Sujihiki, the performance of the properly sharpened Yanagiba will yield much higher quality results due to their geometry and sharpness. Characteristics in steel are pronounced in single bevel knives and different sharpeners make for much variety, please contact us directly if you need help in finding the right knife. 

Care Instructions

This is a stainless steel knife. It becomes stainless due to a certain amount (10-13%) of chromium and/or nickel in the alloy, it forms a film layer which acts as a barrier between metal and oxygen. Stainless steel is easy, practical and functional but not completely maintenance free. With very bad maintenance it can rust or show pitting, after all it’s called stainless not stain-free steel. The corrosion resistance varies with each stainless steel. In my opinion the same rules apply here as with carbon steel (non-stainless).

Store your knife dry and clean, never let it air-dry after washing, no dishwasher and avoid extremely hard products like frozen foods or bones ect. But a big difference to carbon steel is that your margin of error is much bigger, the rust resistance is much greater and thus easier and more worry free to maintain.

Please note that there are many different stainless steels, just like carbon steels, each with its own properties and characteristics. Each should be judged individually.

Detailed Spec

Brand: Hitohira ひとひら
Producing Area: Seki-Gifu/ Japan
Profile: Yanagiba
Size: 210mm
Steel Type: Stainless Steel
Steel: Mono VG-1
Handle: Pakka Western
Total Length: 323mm
Edge Length: 201mm
Handle to Tip Length: 205mm
Blade Height: 31mm
Thickness: 2.3mm
Handle Length: 116mm
Weight: 144g
Hand Orientation: Right-Handed

*Please understand that all pictures on our website are made of random samples and as most products are made with natural materials by hand the color, appearances and even measurements can slightly vary. Please contact us if you wish to see the exact item we have on hand.