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Hitohira FJ VG-1 Yanagiba 240mm Pakka Handle

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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: 240mm
Steel Type: Stainless Steel
Steel: Mono VG-1
Handle: Pakka Western
Total Length: 368mm
Edge Length: 242mm
Handle to Tip Length: 249mm
Blade Height: 34mm
Thickness: 2.6mm
Handle Length: 120mm
Weight: 177g
Hand Orientation: Right-Handed
Update: October 1, 2023

Description

We love all knives from the FJ line, a favourite 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.

We carry the FJ VG-10 with Japanese handle and the SG2, the VG-1 and semi-stainless knives with western handle. These last three are amazingly strong, no fuss workhorse blades ideal for any cook or chef looking for a trustworthy knife. The SG2 is the hardest and has the best edge retention, the semi stainless and VG-1 are very similar but the semi stainless is a bit more pleasant to sharpen on the stones.