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Knife kit for sushi school

Wed Jan 16, 2013 3:21 pm

I am about to attend Sushi Chef School and am required to purchase knives. They sell a kit that has no brand name on it but I do not want to spend money on items that are poor quality. I would like to get some knives that will last me a long time, hold a sharp edge and look nice. Can you give me a recommendation on which knives to purchase off of your site? I have a budget of $500 to $800 to purchase all of the items below and another $150 on sharpening stones, etc. I could maybe swing a bit more for the Deba & Yanagi.

Thank You,

Deba + Saya (Right)
Yanagi + Saya (Right)
Western Knife + Edge Cover
Petty Knife + Edge Cover
Makisu (Bamboo)
Knife Bag

Re: Knife kit for sushi school

Wed Jan 16, 2013 3:30 pm

Ok, most of the accessories you can find in the kitchen tools section here: http://www.chefknivestogo.com/kitchentools.html

For the deba and yanagi I would suggest these for your budget:

Deba: Tanaka 180mm :http://www.chefknivestogo.com/taka18bl2de.html

Yanagi: Tojiro: http://www.chefknivestogo.com/toshya27.html


Get this. They're easy to use: http://www.chefknivestogo.com/shpro2pcset1.html

Re: Knife kit for sushi school

Wed Jan 16, 2013 3:48 pm

How would you compare those knives to the Shun Pro Series?

Re: Knife kit for sushi school

Wed Jan 16, 2013 4:12 pm

They're better blades but not as pretty. I'm not sure if I have a saya for the Deba. I do have some Tojiro sayas that fit their debas but I'm out of the 180mm at the moment.

Good luck with school. Post some pictures on here of your sushi. :)

Re: Knife kit for sushi school

Thu Jan 17, 2013 4:08 am

I carry a pretty minimalist kit for what I work with. I'm not certain which knives would be essential for sushi school, but I get by with a yanagi, gyuto, paring, 120mm petty, 210mm petty, usuba, and santoku(beater that's only for chopping bones).
Choosing a western knife, a gyuto at least 240mm in length. OTOH, I may suggest a sujihiki instead of gyuto if space is limited. Get the shorter moribasi I find them easier and faster. Still have not come across an instance where longer ones would have been more useful. (tongs for hot oil ;) )
Get an awesome deba (maybe stainless)? The one piece in my kit I'm missing sooo very much. Probably the only future knife I will spend too much on. Also Tojiro yanagi is good value. Build up your own knife set piece by piece. It's part of the fun :)

Re: Knife kit for sushi school

Thu Jan 17, 2013 11:53 am

Tanaka Kasumi 180mm Blue #2 Deba [remove]


Suisin Shironiko Yanagiba 270mm [remove]


Hiromoto Gyuto 240mm [remove]


Hiromoto Utility Knife 150mm [remove]


Moribashi 180mm Chop Stix [remove]




That wouldn't be a bad start to a nice collection.

BTW, the Shun Pro knives are not good. I would try to avoid them.
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