Messed up the texture of your fish fillets? Looking for a knife that allows you to slice to raw fish gracefully like a Japanese sushi chef? Well look no further and get a sushi knife. A sushi knife is traditionally called a Sashimi hocho in Japanese which means sashimi knife. It is a long and very thin knife used to prepare sliced raw fish and seafood.
The Japanese are extremely particular in preparing sushi. It is a condition that the sliced cross section has to be smooth, sharp and shiny. Only a sushi knife works and most conventional kitchen knives would not suffice.
Sushi knives are deigned to be able to cut a fish with one single direction cut. Any sawing or zigzag cutting create uneven cross section. To achieve that, the blade of sushi knives are long and extremely thin. The edge of it has to be extremely sharp for a smooth cutting motion.
Unlike most western knives that use the push and cut motion, the sushi knives are designed to be cut with pull and cut instead. The edge of the blade is only angled on one side, which means there is only one wedge on the blade, instead of two. This also means that a common sushi knife is like a right-handed glove. However, worry not if you are left-handed, as left-handed variations are available on the market. Sharpening of the blade can only be done from one side. Traditional sushi knives are crafted the same way as a samurai sword and are very durable.
Best Sushi Knives
Yoshihiro Blue Steel Hongasumi Yanagi Sushi Knife
If you’re looking for the best sushi knife with high grade quality and workmanship, this is the one to go for. It is expensive, as all genuine sushi knives are, but you will love it. It is sharp out of the box and you can immediately apply it to fish and see the amazing smoothness of the cut.
Sekizo Yanagiba Sashimi Knife
Just started out making sushi? This is the sushi knife to get if you’re looking for a cheap sushi knife to start with. The workmanship may not be as fine as higher end sushi knives, but this is a good chance for you to practice sharpening on whetstones. If you sharpen this properly, it’ll become sharp enough to slice fish and sushi rolls as beautifully as more expensive knives.
Mercer Culinary Asian Collection Yanagi Sashimi Knife
Great as a starter knife for those who are serious about making sushi. For the price you get a decent quality blade that cuts fish cleanly and smoothly. This sushi knife will need frequent and proper honing, and you may also want to paint or laminate the handle for water resistance.