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Kai Wasabi Yanagiba 24cm

KAI6724Y

$72.50

"Yanagiba" means, "willow blade." The long, thin, willowy blade with the traditional Japanese single-bevel edge is pulled through the food, reducing loss of the natural juices and creating the cleanest cuts imaginable.

The yanagiba is most often used for preparing sashimi, or sliced raw fish, and is excellent for slicing meats and other moist foods as well. The yanagiba is, quite simply, the ideal slicing knife.

All Wasabi blades are made of Daido 1K6 high-carbon stainless steel for superior sharpness and edge retention. The blades are graze-finished for a beautiful, brushed-look. The knife is completed with a smooth, black polypropylene handle, giving it a very contemporary look and feel.
  • Cutting Edge: Hand-sharpened 16°blade
  • Steel: High carbon 1K6 stainless steel
  • Blade Length: 24cm
  • Handle: Smooth black polypropylene handle 
  • Origin: Crafted in Japan

One aspect of caring for your knives is maintaining the edge and, when needed, sharpening the blade. However, it is also important to be aware of how you are using your knives on a daily basis.

Cutting Surface.
The cutting surface you are using will directly affect the blades edge. A good cutting board will help retain a sharp edge for substantially longer. Wood, wood composite (such as Epicurean Kitchen Boards) and polyethylene boards are all excellent choices. Tile, ceramic, marble, granite, or any kind of glass cutting boards are poor choices and are very hard on your knives.

Cleaning.
As with any lifetime investment, it is important to take the best care possible in order to prolong the life of your knife. Shun recommends that you protect your investment by handwashing your blades with gentle dish soap. Do not use soaps with citrus extracts; they can promote rust. Rinse and towel dry immediately. Let the knives air dry for a few minutes before returning them to storage.

Never leave your knife sitting in a sink full of soapy water, metal does not respond well to being submerged in water for prolonged periods of time.

Storage.
After you have washed and dried your knives, store them in a block, knife case, in-drawer tray, sheath, Epicurean Magnetic Knife Holder, or in the original box. We do not recommend storing the knives unsheathed in a drawer, as this can be a potential hazard to the blades as well as your fingers.

Sharpening.
In order to maximise the life of the blade, regular honing with a Shun Honing Steel will be necessary. Weekly honing will extend the time between sharpening significantly. When the time comes to sharpen these premium blades, we recommend using a Shun Whetstone, the Shun Electric Knife Sharpener (specifically designed to sharpen Shun’s 16° blade angle), or sending your knives to a professional sharpener. 

Following these simple tips will ensure your Shun knives are always ready to use and will continue to be enjoyed for many years to come.