Before starting we find it opportune to let you know what we have based our decisions on:
- Quality/Price – We are aware that there are higher quality Japanese knives in the market, however, these will set you back a good $3000 to $5000. Realistically speaking not many people can afford these premium knives, thus basing one of our criteria on the relationship between the price and the quality ensures picking knives that are top value for the money invested in them.
- Edge retention and sharpness– We have chosen the knives that we believe use forging methods that will make the knife’s edge as sharp as possible and have an outstanding edge retention over time.
- Craftsmanship and attention to detail – Japanese knives are known for their traditional crafting techniques and for the intricate attention to detail. For this reason we have found it convenient to use this as another rating criteria.
The Following are the Best 5 Japanese knives
Yoshihiro Blue Steel Kuro Uchi Gyuto 9.5″
As a result of the Yoshihiro Blue Steel Kuro Uchi Gyuto 9.5″ traditional forging techniques, unique sharpness and edge retention this knife unquestionably deserves to be amongst the top 5. It’s inherent Japanese aesthetics as well as craftsmanship makes this knife a must have for those not only looking for extreme performance but also attention to detail. The Yoshihiro Blue Steel Kuro Uchi Gyuto 9.5″ has passed with flying colors the divers tests we submitted it to.
Misono UX10 Gyutou 8.2″
The Misono UX10 Gyutou 8.2″ has solidified itself as a knife that meshes the best characteristics of two culinary worlds. On one hand it has the versatility of Western styled knifes and on the other the characteristic sharpness that Japanese knives posses. The Swedish steel used to make the knife is a special type of stainless steel which makes the knife hold its edge formidably. The use of stainless steel also results in a knife that is very simple to maintain as firstly it is suitable for that dishwasher and secondly the blade won’t rust over time.
Shun DM0706 Classic 8″
The Shun DM0706 Classic 8″ a great Japenese knife when it come to quality/price. We find that when investing in this knife you you are really getting your moneys worth. Although it is amongst the less pricy knives we have reviewed, don’t not think for one minute that it means that it doesn’t perform well. This Shun is a perfect knife for beginners and professionals due to the versatility this multi-task tool has. Furthermore this is a very comfortable knife to work with and retains its edge very well indeed compared to other knives around the same price range.
Yoshihiro Shiroko Kasumi Shitan 10.5″
The top 5 best Japanese knive list would not be complete without a Sushi knife. The Yoshihiro Shiroko Kasumi Shitan 10.5″ is a single beveled knife which allows it to slice delicate pieces of food without tearing or bruising it. With the expertise of knife masters these handcrafted knives are not only extremely sharp but also extremely durable. When unboxing this knife one can instantly see the level of attention to detail that the Yoshihiro artisans put in when making these one of a kind knives.
Yoshihiro Shiroko Kasumi Deba 6.6″
The Yoshihiro Shiroko Kasumi Deba 6.6″ truly excels when it comes to filleting fish. This single beveled handcrafted knife was designed to slide against fish bone without tearing or bruising the flesh in the process. The special steel used in this knife offers great sharpness which can cut through fish heads with ease as well as retaining its edge after extensive use. This knife is unbeatable when it comes to quality price for those of you who cook fish on a regular basis.