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Old 09-22-2007, 06:38 AM   #1
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Question Proper / Alternative Use Of Sashimi Knives?

Always been curious as to what the proper use of a sahimi knife is, as ive never came across this term before?

Also, other than its intended use, what else migt it be useful for? Ive heard suggestions they can be used as a large ham / fish slicer?

Any info? Will

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Old 09-22-2007, 08:07 AM   #2
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Sashimi has to do with fish, and a sashimi knife I *think* is a one-sided blade used for cutting fish for sashimi and sushi. Japanese sushi and sashimi knives are one-sided because they leave a very very smooth surface on the side of the cut, which is an important textural element of good sushi.

They feel much different than your average chef's knife, and most are made of carbon steel, which must be treated differently than your average SS chef's knife. I do know a few cooks who prefer to use a one-sided blade for everyday tasks. I find it a little more awkward to use a one-sided blade for my everyday slicing/dicing, though that doesn't mean you can't use it like a regular knife. It seems that it's easier to keep an edge on a one-sided blade.
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Old 09-22-2007, 08:07 AM   #3
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A proper Japanese sashimi knife has a long, thin, and flexible blade like this:

Shun Pro 2 - 12" Yanagiba Knife - Shun Pro 2 Knives

The main thing is to have a very sharp knife, and one long enough to where you can slice off pieces of fish with one knife stroke. If you have good knife skills and a sharp knife, a santoku or chefs knife will also work.
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Old 11-18-2007, 06:51 PM   #4
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I have a ceramic sashimi knife, and I hardly ever use it. Part of it is just due to the fact that I'm terrified of ruining it (it's a $1200 knife). But part of it is also due to the fact that it's very limited in what it is supposed to do. As I am not a sushi afficianado, I don't find myself with much reason to even have it.
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Old 11-18-2007, 06:56 PM   #5
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I have a ceramic sashimi knife, and I hardly ever use it. Part of it is just due to the fact that I'm terrified of ruining it (it's a $1200 knife). But part of it is also due to the fact that it's very limited in what it is supposed to do. As I am not a sushi afficianado, I don't find myself with much reason to even have it.
Sell it! I'm sure there is something you would rather have and then you could get it with the money. Stick a notice up here and you may get a nibble or two.
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Sell it! I'm sure there is something you would rather have and then you could get it with the money. Stick a notice up here and you may get a nibble or two.
Got it as a gift. Can't sell it.
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Got it as a gift. Can't sell it.
How frustrating! Get it mounted then as a kitchen ornament on the wall. Declutters your cupboards/drawers at least.
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But part of it is also due to the fact that it's very limited in what it is supposed to do.
Don't buy into that. Just because it is a sashimi knife does not mean you can only use it for that. Use it as you would any other slicer (just be careful of bones). It would be great for roasts and things like that. Since it was a gift you should use it a ton. If it breaks you are not out $1200 you are just out a gift, but at least it was broken using it.
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How frustrating! Get it mounted then as a kitchen ornament on the wall. Declutters your cupboards/drawers at least.
Already have it like that (sort of, it's in The Lady of the House's china cabinet). It came in a handcrafted mahogany box, so I have it presented as such.
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Sounds a nice display item. Really like the sound of the box!! :)
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