Nenohi Kaede Usuba Knife 225mm (8.8")
Style : Usuba
Length : 225mm (8.8")
Weight : 9.3 oz
Special Feature : Kyomen
Blade Material : High Carbon Rust-Resistant Steel
Handle Material : (Hō) Japanese Magnolia
Bolster Material : Water Buffalo Horn
HRC : 61
Bevel Angle Ratio : Single bevel
Cover : This knife comes with a wooden saya (cover)
*Please be advised that each product varies in appearance because the materials used for the bolster are all natural. The knife you receive will be unique and slightly different from the image.
Nenox Blade & Handle
This usuba is forged from two kinds of special rust-resistant high carbon steel. Nenohi blades offer the durability and sharpness of a traditional Japanese carbon steel knife, but since they are rust resistant, they are easier to maintain.The Kaede series has a kyomen mirror finish and comes with an octagonal shaped, Japanese magnolia handle. Besides its aesthetic appeal, the mirror finish on these knives makes them more resistant to rust and dirt.
In fusing the blade to the handle, the gap is filled using the same material as the handle. Furthermore, a waterproof wax material is added to prevent any chance of moisture entering through even a minuscule of spaces. E-Ume deters problems arising from the metals rusting inside the handle core due to moisture.
Its sharp and exceptionally thin edge lets cooks slice through hard vegetables such as carrots. The usuba is an ideal knife for fine dicing and julienne and brunoise slicing.
High carbon steel knives can still rust if not maintained properly. Use the Tsukiji Masamoto or Sabitohru Rust Remover to clean oxidized blades.
Posted by Steve Alisauskas on Jul 23rd 2012
I spent a year training in Kyoto and since then had been using an old usuba that the chef had given me when I left. But I sharpened it so much and it got so small. Decided it was time to get a new usuba. I've really worked hard on my knife skills and thought I deserve to get a nice Nenohi knife with a high price tag! The usuba I was using was a kamagata as well so I guess I chse this one just because of that. The sharpness is amazing and the kyomen finish looks awesome. The only complaint I have is that it's slightly harder to sharpen than the carbon steel usuba I was using beore.