Usuba – translates as thin (usu) edge (ba). When this shape is ground and sharpened from both sides, like the one in this collection, it is often called Nakiri. It is the definitive Japanese shape for the preparation of vegetables. Whether slicing the softest tomatoes, dicing the hardest swede or mincing ginger to the consistency of a smooth pulp this blade will transform any culinary chore into a ‘Zen’ experience. The very straight edge profile with its flat front means that when chopping round layered vegetables like onions the resulting cut pieces are all the same size and will melt evenly during cooking. This particular knife being handmade by one the best nokaji’s still working it is one of the finest examples we sell.
Be prepared for an increased amount of vegetables in your diet when using this knife as preparation becomes such a pleasure that it is difficult to stop slicing, chopping, dicing and mincing any vegetable you can get a hold of!
These surgically sharp stainless handmade 49 layer Damascus blades have exceptionally keen enduring edges whilst being easy to re sharpen.
The central core of the 49 layer JKC Takayuki Damascus Collection steel is a High Carbon VG 10 Super Steel. VG10 is one of the original Super Steels used by Japan’s most respected manufacturers of fine kitchen knives. JKC Takayuki 49 Layer Damascus Collection blades are hardened to 60:62 HRC providing very enduring edges, which are incredibly easy to resharpen.
The 49 layers imbue the blade with a truly eye-catching wood like rippled pattern; this intricate complex process not only creates an aesthetically delightful effect. More importantly, layering adds immense strength thus facilitating a thinner, yet stronger, and therefore sharper blade. The deep hammer dents on the top part of the blade side add to the non-stick properties of these knives.
The handles are composed of Desertwood; a laminated hard wood that is silicon injected for optimum longevity and hygiene. Makers of the very finest handmade knives use Desertwood. The handles are secured to the tang by three steel rivets. Traditional handles have seen resurgence amongst professional chefs who find them supremely ergonomic and durable.
Blade construction: Hand Forged. 49 layer Damascus with a VG10 central core
Handle construction: Desertwood
Cleaning: SHARP KNIVES SHOULD NEVER BE PUT IN DISHWASHER. Hand wash carefully. DRY IMMEDIATELY
Sharpening: JKC 1200Grit whetstone for sharpening & JKC 4000 or 6000 Grit whetstone for final polishing.
Storage: In a JKC Magnetic Block (This uniquely stunning block is sleek storage solution which will grace any style of kitchen. A powerful magnet is concealed within a stylish bamboo block providing a convenient storage system where blades can be identified immediately and there are no hidden areas for bacteria to gather. We also sell a selection of powerful magnetic strips. Safety & edge protection are major considerations during transportation. NEVER CARRY SHARP KNIVES UNPROTECTED. The JKC Classic Leather Chefs Case is an increasingly popular solution. It is capable of holding 11 blades with a transparent zip up pocket for tools.
Wood block / magnetic knife bar/ in the packaging box/ separate area in knife drawer.
Blade length: 160 mm (~6 ½ '')
Country of Origin: Japan
SPECIAL NOTES: This knife should not be used for twisting or prising. Only cut on wood or high density plastic.