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Shirasagi Shirogami #2 Sakimaru Yanagiba 270mm Tagayasan

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Original price $370.00 - Original price $370.00
Original price
$370.00 - $370.00
Current price $370.00

Yanagiba se traduit par « lame de saule » puisque la forme de sa lame étroite, longue et incurvée sur la partie arrière ressemble à une feuille de saule. La spécialité du Yanagiba est la tranche de poisson de façon précise et nette pour la coupe de sashimi ou de nigiri par exemple. Il peut aussi être utilisé pour lever les filets de certains poissons et trancher de la viande. Le tranchant très fin peut être endommagé facilement. On vous conseille donc de faire attention avec les arêtes et les os. L’arrière du couteau (urusaki) concave crée un trou d’air entre la chair du poisson et la lame, permettant de facilement détacher la lame de la chair du poisson, alors que le biseau sur la face du couteau (shinogi) permet de facilement détacher la pièce de poisson qu’on tranche. Le Yanagiba se retrouve généralement entre 210 mm et 330 mm.

Shirogami #2 se traduit par : Shiro (blanc) et Gami (Acier) et donc; acier blanc #2. Il est nommé ainsi à cause de la couleur de l’emballage dans lequel il était enveloppé à Hitachi Metals. La composition de cet acier est très pure et contient presque seulement du fer et du carbone (1.05%-1.2%). C’est entre les mains de forgerons très expérimentés qu’on se rend compte du potentiel énorme du Shirogami #2. La qualité du traitement thermique et le forgeage à plus basse température sont des éléments clés pouvant permettre au Shirogami #2 de rivaliser, et même de surpasser beaucoup d’aciers modernes. Essayer une lame en Shiro #2 forgée par Tanaka-san, Kisuke Manaka-san ou la forge de Yoshikane et vous verrez !

Tips for best results

Make sure your knife will deliver its absolute best by having it professionally sharpened at least once a year. Please note that our meticulously handcrafted Japanese knives are – unless otherwise noted – carbon steel and not stainless steel. To prevent rust, make sure the blades are patted dry – especially when cutting acidic items. Never cut frozen foods, hard products, bone, or twist the blade when using. Never soak in water after use or put in the dishwasher. After use, store in a cool, dry place and avoid high temperature fluctuations. 

Our commitment to you – our customers

Every knife we carry has a lifetime warranty from manufacturing defects and errors. For example, if the handle becomes detached or cracks appear after a few weeks of proper use. Or if there are any blade cracks from the edge to the spine. While such defects are indeed rare, they can occur. In such cases, we will exchange the knife in question or give you a refund. Each warranty case is different depending on the criteria, and we reserve the right in each and every case to evaluate the applicability of our lifetime warranty in the event of any manufacturing defects and errors.

After-Sales service

Do you get the feeling that your knife just can’t “cut it”?

Each knife we carry is supplied with a so-called “factory edge”. Our chef knife range comprises more than 200 different products. While all our handcrafted Japanese knives ship with a “factory edge”, ultimate blade sharpness can vary. If you feel that your knife’s blade edge is not performing to its full potential, feel free to contact us and we will provide you with professional sharpening for free!

Oops! What about the truly Unthinkable?

Was it just through a slight slip of the hand that your knife accidentally fell on the floor and damaged its tip and blade, or it was used to cut a hard, frozen product and chipped? Don’t despair, get in touch with us and we will solve the problem through our in-house, professional sharpening and repair service.

Simply contact us or visit our store to get a free estimate.

Customer Ratings






Handle length at tip


Edge lenght


Blade height


Blade thickness


Handle size




Shirogami recouvert de fer oxydable

Steel type

Acier carbone (oxydable)




61-62 HRC


Handle material

Tagayasan et corne de buffle





Couteau à trancher

Hand orientation



Production area



Tora Tamura


Tateo Myojin

What are the different types of Japanese knives?

What are the different types of Japanese knives?

Each Japanese knife is made with a specific purpose in mind. There are types of multi-purpose knives such as the Gyuto which is the equivalent of a chef's knife or the Santoku which translates into: three virtues, a name that well represents its multiplicity. The Sujihiki and the Yanagiba are made for slicing while the Nakiri and the Usuba are specialized for cutting vegetables. Without forgetting the Petty for precision tasks. The list goes on and the possibilities are diverse.

Why buy a Japanese knife?

Why buy a Japanese knife?

Japanese blades are lighter, very balanced, higher hardness, sharper and retain their sharpness longer. This allows the user greater control of his work tool and a clean cut to alter the texture and flavor of the food as little as possible.