A Kodeba is the slimmer, daintier and easier to use version of a Deba. This knife is designed for most general tasks in the kitchen where a smaller size is preferred. Like all New Tradition knives it is single sided, though being slimmer than a Deba (~1/8") it is a lot easier to use as the blade does not travel with the chamfer and the blade can be used with a lot more control by the those not familiar with the techniques of using single sided knives.
The 15331WS is 120mm (~4¾") in length. The short length of this blade makes it ideal for paring and peeling. The width of this blade means it is not restricted to simply those tasks normally performed by short knives. It is wonderful for any task that requires a traditional rolling cut action like slicing any firm fruit or vegetable as well as chopping herbs etc. where a small, slim knife presents the danger of cutting oneself as the knife moves above the knuckle before the downward stroke. With its razor sharp, High Carbon layered with soft stainless steel, blade this knife will tackle most jobs with consummate ease. Indeed with its brothers the Kodeba, Usuba and Santoku it is the favourite of the Japanese housewife as well as chefs.
Please note that as result of the tremendous amount of publicity and accolades that have been granted the New Tradition Collection there are several copies now on the market. It should be remembered that with its single sided edge, for ease of maintenance, this style of knife should always be constructed from High Carbon Steel NEVER Stainless Steel. If you are seeking the best, then like all JKC New Tradition knives, it should be layered with soft stainless steel for weight, strength and shock absorption.
This knife comes with a beautiful custom made wooden sheath for ultimate protection.
Blade construction - Fully forged. High Carbon Stainless Steel layered with Soft Stainless Steel.
Handle construction - Traditional Hoe wood, simulated horn collar.
Cleaning - NOT RECOMMENDED for Dishwasher. Hand wash - mild detergent.
Sharpening - JKC KC 110 Single Sided Water Wheel Sharpener or JKC Whetstone Kit.
Storage - In the wooden sheath / in the packaging box / separate area in knife drawer / magnetic knife bar.
Blade length - 120mm (~4¾").
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.