For those of you looking for Japanese knives specifically for fish, the Yoshihiro Shiroko Kasumi Deba 6.6″ is a great chef knife. Lets start with the basics of these types of knives. For those of you who are not familiar with Japanese chef knives, the Deba is a fillet knife used to chop and of course fillet fish. It is designed primarily to slide against fish bones as well as to fillet and to cut fish heads without damaging the produce. For this reason it is normal that Deba are usually considered the best kitchen knives amongst Japanese fish chefs.
Specifications of Shiroko Kasumi Deba kitchen knives
This is a sharp knife that has a good weight to it, this allows these kitchen knives to fillet and cut through tough areas with ease. As a result of the high quality steels used for the blade, this is a knife that really retains its edge very well indeed (the same goes for all the Yoshihiro Kasumi kitchen knife set). The Kasumi knife set comes with a wooden Saya which is perfect to protect the knife when not in use.
However it must be noted that even though these chef knives are considered to be superior to any other (in their price range) when it comes to chopping and filleting fish Deba knives in general do need to be sharpened more regularly than other Japenese chef knives due to the contact that the edge has with the fish bones when undertaking certain tasks.
Quality Review – Best kitchen knives?
As mentioned in the other Yoshihiro knife reviews, the quality of these Japanese chef knives are exceptional. This is because the Yoshihiro Kasumi kitchen knife set / series is crafted by master artisans with the utmost care to create high quality kitchen knives that offer exceptional performance with exceptional value.
If they are the best kitchen knives out there, we cannot say, but we can confidently say that these are excellent Japanese chef knives compared to other professional chef knives in the price range. Thus in general this is a brand to consider when choosing a Japanese chef knife.
Is a Deba the right chef knife for you?
This knife is one oriented towards a very specific task. We suggest that if you don’t work with fish regularly to stay away from the Yoshihiro Shiroko Kasumi Deba 6.6″. If you you are looking for a more versatile kitchen knife you are definitely better off investing in other Japanese kitchen knives brands like either the Misono Ux10 Gyutou kitchen knife, the Yoshihiro Blue Steel Kuro Uchi Gyuto 9.5″ or the Shun Premier Chef’s Knife 8″.
This might be obvious for some, but another factor to take in to consideration is that Deba knives are not suitable for thinly slicing fish. So if you are looking to prep your fish, fillet it and then slicing it thinly for sushi, we recommend you invest in a kitchen knife set like the Yoshihiro Japanese Sushi Chef Kasumi Knife 3p. Be warned though these are much pricier.
Final Thoughts on the Yoshiriho brand and the Kasumi Deba Knife
The deba is a great knife in the area for which it was designed to operate in. It chops and fillets fish with ease thank to its sharp edge and and weight. The Yoshihiro Japanese knife brand is well recognized amongst professional chefs and widely used. The Shiroko Kasumi Deba 6.6″ tends to have very high customer reviews; thus we think this is a knife to consider for those who work with fish normally or are thinking about starting.