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Identify Maker of 12" Blade Sushi Knife-Is it a good brand-new to making sushi~Need Help

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learnit2 Aug 16, 2012 03:27 AM

Hello, I am hoping that someone will be able to help me identify this sushi knife. Finally going to start learning about making sushi and the one thing I do know is that you need a great knife but I am not sure at all if this is going to help me in my endeavor?
Many Thanks to all for your help...

 
 
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    knifesavers Aug 16, 2012 06:48 AM

    It is the right type of knife for sushi, a Yanagiba, but it is all about the sharpness of the edge. A dull or improperly sharpened one will hinder you.

    Post a picture of the back to see if it is properly sharpened.

    Watch Jon's lectures and videos on single bevel knives at Japanese Knife Imports

    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list...

    Cannot tell the maker myself though.

    Jim

    1. Chemicalkinetics Aug 16, 2012 06:45 AM

      I am very certain it is the Fujiwara brand, as you can see the main two Kaji characters are the same:

      http://japanesechefsknife.com/images/Img362.jpg

      The three small characters state that this is made of special steel, but I believe it is the HKV series, so it is made of VG-1 steel (I doubt it is VG-10), as suggested here:

      http://japanesechefsknife.com/HKVSeri...

      In my opinion, it should be a good enough knife to start to learn about making sushi, but it is not among the best. Usually speaking a shirogami (white) steel or a aogami (blue) steel are the best steel knife for a yanagiba knife (aka sushi knife). That being said, please also understand that your sharpening skill and your knife skill will be more important than the steel at this stage. A poorly sharpen high grade knife is still a poor knife.

      Because you said you are new to making sushi, I would say this knife itself is not going to post
      the greatest limitation for now. Much like you don't need the most expensive violin to learn.

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