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.
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.
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?
looks to me to be a katsuo bocho they sell them at jki
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.
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.
Originally Posted by DitmasPork
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.
but the one on the video you posted is more like this:
I thought I spotted a takobiki there at the end, too.
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]
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].
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.
this was posted on BST
the 9th picture clearly shows the angular curved tip adn it is not a single bevel.
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