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Mon May 27, 2013 10:53 pm

What are the typical characteristics of a usubiki? Looked at a picture (small one) and it appeared something like a cross between a suji and a yanagi. Pic was too small to tell much of anything and my fave resource for this kind of info (zknives) doesn't list the usubiki.

Re: Usubiki

Tue May 28, 2013 7:11 am

Although I don't know the traditional reasons for an usubiki, I do know it's essentially a thin yanagi. I once set out to find why it's made, but never got a solid answer. If you find anything, please let us know.

Re: Usubiki

Tue May 28, 2013 11:26 am

I "set out" to find what I could as well before I posed the question and, like you, didn't find the plethora of info I expected. Somewhere, I think it was a foodie forum, there were folks like myself writing assumptions, when in truth, they clearly didn't know their a$$ from first base. One guy said he has one - that's it - he has one.

Re: Usubiki

Tue May 28, 2013 11:43 am

usu = thin; biki = pull. A usubiki is a thin knife which cuts on the draw. How thin? Not very thin.

A usubiki is a thinner, lighter yanagiba. Everything else alla time same same. The usubiki has far more in common with a yanagiba than a suji.

Could you use a yanagiba and a usubiki interchangeably? Sure. Just a little weight and flex, is all. How much lighter? Not much. The weight of the knife still does a lot of the work. How much more flex? Not a great deal.

Could you use a usubiki and a suji interchangeably? Sure. Suji's got a little less weight, a little more flex, and a V edge, but it still does the same jobs in more or less the same way.

Could you use a yanagiba and a suji interchangeably? Slightly more problematic, but still mostly yes. The techniques are slightly different, but they perform the same tasks with similar efficiency.


Re: Usubiki

Tue May 28, 2013 11:59 am

According to Suisin's website, it is a knife with width of yanagi but the thickness closer to fuguhiki.

Designed with demands of sushi shop, where there is high volume, it is to alleviate hand fatigue.

Re: Usubiki

Wed May 29, 2013 11:46 am

Pretty much clears it up for me...

Thank you all!
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