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 a 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.
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!
Stunningly beautiful, scalpel sharp and easy to resharpen, these knives are stainless and very easy to maintain.
The 35 layers not only make these blades aesthetically appealing but add immense strength thus facilitating a thinner, yet stronger, and therefore sharper blade.
The central core of the 35 layer JKC Tamahagane Damascus steel is a High Carbon Super Steel known as VG10. This High Carbon Super Steel has the highest recommendations in the production of knives by authorities such as the British Steel Confederation and the Solingen Institute of Steel. The JKC 35 Layer Tamahagane Collection blades have all been hardened to an outstanding 60:62 HRC and with the inclusion of Cobalt in the alloy are easier to maintain than most Stainless High Carbon or other VG10 blades.
The ergonomic traditional handles are composed of Ebony black Pakkawood, a laminated hard wood with silicon injection, which is reserved for only the finest knives and secured to the tang by three steel rivets for ultimate durability
| Blade construction: || Forged. 35 layer Damascus with a VG 10 central core |
| Handle construction: || Laminated wood with silicon injection |
| Cleaning: || NOT RECOMMENDED for Dishwasher. Hand wash – mild detergent. DRY IMMEDIATELY |
| Sharpening: || JKC Whetstone Kit or JKC KC 200 or KC300 Water Wheel Sharpener |
| Storage: || In a JKC Magnetic wood block / magnetic knife bar/ in the packaging box/ separate area in knife drawer |
| Blade length: || 160mm (~6 ½“) |
| Country of Origin: || Japan |
| SPECIAL NOTES: || This knife should not be used for ANY kind of twisting or prising. Do not use on bone or frozen foods. |