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Sat Sep 07, 2013 10:05 am

Hello Sir Marc,

it's my first time to buy japanese knives. I am really planning to invest on it. Although, i have a lot of questions regarding the different knife types, specifically gyuto's, sujihiki's and yanagiba's. I am faced with a problem because i am a left- handed knife holder. There are some knives that i really want to buy that scared that it's only for right handed holders. It's a good thing that you indicate if the blade is 50/50 for some knives but for some knives doesnt have a description.

Here are the knives that i am really eyeing for. i just want to ask if they are also good for lefties.



Thank you!


Re: Sujihiki

Sat Sep 07, 2013 10:15 am

Hi Stan,

There is a common misconception that two sided knives (sujis, gyutos, nakiris etc) that just because the teeny tiny micro bevel on a knife is asymmetric that it won't work well for a left handed user. This is false. You don't really need to worry about it. When I use a knife that has an asymmetric edge I can't tell the difference. Also the first time I sharpen it it takes me about 2 minutes to make it even simply by sharpening it with the approximate same number of strokes on each side.

This is not the case with most yanagibas, usubas, debas and other traditional single sided knives that have concave backs. These knives are not workable for lefties unless you get them made that way for you.

The other thing you want to check is what type of handle. I prefer as a buyer to get octagonal handles when possible but some cheaper knives have D handles. This is a minor issue since the little bump is supposed to fit in the palm of your hand and is right and left handed specific but my experience has been when I hold a left handed D (I'm right handed) that it doesn't bother me at all. If it does bother you it's easy enough to sand the bump down and make it oval.

PS the Moritaka says it's a yanagi but it's really a 2 sided suji so it will work fine for you.

Re: Sujihiki

Sat Sep 07, 2013 10:18 am

So, the Saji and the Tojiro are not good for you. Those are real yanagis and they're specifically designed for right handed users.

The moritakas are fine.

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