The Western traditional method when preparing fish and prepping garnish requires a flexible blade which is not normally used in the classic Japanese kitchen. So we have found a maker that produces flexible knives for the Western market. Using a High Carbon Stainless Steel and a ‘non-slip’ handle here is a range of flexible and small garnishing knives shaped to meet the requirements of the Western chef.
With their ultra-thin stamped steel blades tempered to 58 – 60 HRC, a unique tapered hilt for safety and ease of sharpening, these knives are the most accessible examples of Japanese knife making that meet the needs of chefs looking for the sharpness and easy maintenance which epitomizes the features of a good Japanese knife whilst addressing the functionality required by Western preparation methods.
Sujihiki & Slicers: The classic slicer. Long and thin, this is the best shape for the preparation of any flesh (meat or fish – cooked or raw) without bones. The slim profile presents a smaller are of contact with the flesh and thus reduces the strength of the vacuum between the blade and the food resulting in a smoother and easier cut. Function – Slicing and carving of meat and fish without bones. Normal length – 240mm to 300mm (a few smaller 180mm and longer 330mm are available) Tip: Whilst the 240mm or the 270mm lengths are the most popular select the longest length you are comfortable with. The longer the blade, the lesser the pressure required to cut the food and thus increase the ability to cut thinner slices. As this is one knife that is often taken to the table for carving in front of the diners, apart from the functionality, aesthetics should be an important consideration.