Yanagiba Type Japanese Kitchen Knife Definition

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Yanagiba ( 柳刃 柳葉)
- Also Shobu. single grind, long, narrow blade. Typically well over 240mm. Pro versions of 330mm or even 360mm are fairly common. Designed for cutting raw fish, although according to sushi chef Takeshi, can be used pretty much for all types of food. Usually with traditional Japanese handle. Yanagi means willow in Japanese. Thus, Yanagiba by extension becomes willow leaf blade. See Aritsugu Yanagiba Review.


  • Typically a Single Grind knife.
  • Common Blade Length - 270-330mm(10.63-12.99")
  • Blade Length Range - 180-390mm(7.09-15.35")

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