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    What type of Japanese Fish Knife is this?

    I stumbled across this YouTube video of a Japanese fishmonger breaking down a little Yellowfin Tuna—great knife skills, beautifully shot.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hvAfQqWAL4

    Would love to know what type [shape] of knife he's using from about 30 seconds to a minute in the video. What's the Japanese name of this type of knife.

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    It's looks to be about 210–240 in length, beveled on both sides, Kurouchi finish, VERY rounded belly towards the tip.

    Is this a very specialized fish knife? I imaging it could be good to butterfly pork shoulders and lamb legs.

    Do any of the knife sellers sell these?

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    looks to me to be a katsuo bocho they sell them at jki

    http://www.japaneseknifeimports.com/...ed-handle.html

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    it could also be this:



    except this one has a western handle and stainless. this one comes double bevel and also a version that's single bevel. masahiro 240mm tuna knife.


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    Quote Originally Posted by DitmasPork View Post
    I stumbled across this YouTube video of a Japanese fishmonger breaking down a little Yellowfin Tuna—great knife skills, beautifully shot.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hvAfQqWAL4


    Do any of the knife sellers sell these?
    I believe its a katsuo Bocho... I happened to purchase mine form Bishamon vis the BST of this forum. Don't have such a big fish to play with. Looking for a good garasuki to cut chicken "gracefully"; after all it has given it's life to fulfil a nice meal for me.

    I believe that Jon of JKI carries this product http://www.japaneseknifeimports.com/...ajimanuri.html

    Watanabe will be more than happy to make one for you too.

    Enjoy

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    but the one on the video you posted is more like this:

    http://www.toyokuni.net/hou1/katuo.htm


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    I thought I spotted a takobiki there at the end, too.

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    Franzb,
    When I freeze framed the video, the blade seems to have an almost 'torpedo' like shape towards the tip—with a wider face than the Toyokuni [which by the way, looks really cool]. The Masahiro you posted earlier looks kind of similar, but yo-handled and wider.

    The Katsuo Bocho suggested by ztangy looks to have a 'diamond shaped' tip [...pardon my odd knife shape terms]

    http://i1351.photobucket.com/albums/...psd1f1faf6.png

    The Toyokuni also looks single beveled, knife in video seems to be double beveled.

    I'm just mesmerized with some of these videos of such confident, precise fish cutters [knife as well as fishmonger].

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    I think it might be a "Naginata fish knife" [google it, and click on images]. Seems to be it or something very similar.

    Also, found the wiki page on the weapon it's influenced by.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naginata

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    This looks similar:


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    this was posted on BST

    the 9th picture clearly shows the angular curved tip adn it is not a single bevel.

    http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/sh...e-katsuo-bocho

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    The next one is a 225mm Watanabe katsuo bocho in blue steel. It is in excellent condition. This is a double bevel knife for breaking down fish (specifically katsuo/skipjack) with an angled nose used to cut out hard dorsal fins by flipping it over. See a video here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCAqYrCaupk
    It can also work on other fish of course, and has a spine thickness similar to a Watanabe gyuto (a little thicker toward the nose). A really interesting knife we don't see a lot over here.
    Katsuo $180 shipped

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