Yanagiba Blue steel
Yanagiba Blue steel
Yanagiba Blue steel
Yanagiba Blue steel
Yanagiba Blue steel
Yanagiba Blue steel
Yanagiba Blue steel
Yanagiba Blue steel

Yanagiba Blue steel #2 Kurouchi Tsuchime Walnut Handle 240mm


Regular price¥27,800

Slicing through ingredients with precision, this Yanagiba Blue steel #2 Kurouchi Tsuchime Walnut Handle knife gives you the power to create culinary masterpieces. The Blue steel #2 blade is strong and remarkably sharp, and the unique walnut handle is comfortable and easy to use. Become a kitchen artist with this excellent knife!

The Yanagi is a long slicing knife that was designed to slice thin slices of fish for sushi and sashimi. The beauty of its elegant thin blade is its ability to slice through an ingredient in long uninterrupted strokes, preserving its integrity and freshness. Even the simplest of tasks are elevated with a handcrafted knife that is as beautiful as it is functional.

Aogami No.2 (Hitachi Metals Ltd.) is made by adding Chromium and Tungsten / Wolfram to Shirogami No.2. This results in increased toughness and the production of hard carbide molecules which improve edge retention. Many knife users have noted that while Aogami No.2 is very similar to Shirogami No.2 in terms of edge sharpness, it has slightly superior edge retention.

Kurouchi Finish, the unprocessed (black) part on the top side of the blade has already developed a dark patina, which protects the blade and gives it a traditional Japanese look.

The knife bears visible impressions of the hand-forging process (round hammer dents on the blade), which gives it a beautiful finish and also prevents food from sticking to the blade.

Blade Material: Blue steel #2/Aogami No.2

Blade HRC: 61~63

Blade Finish: Kurouchi Tsuchime

Blade Type: Single-edged

Blade Length: 240mm

Blade Thinckness: 4.4mm

Total Length: 380mm

Handle Length: 135mm

Weight: 175g

Handle: Walnut Handle

Origin: Tosa City in Kochi prefecture

Availability Sheath: Yes(Choosing the fit sheath)

■Please do not use the knife in a twisting motion.
■Please use the correct knife when cutting bone, frozen or hard items.
■Please note that the images are of the sample products. Colour, weight, pattern and size can differ as each product is handmade.
■Please use a soft plastic or wooden cutting board to protect the blades edge.
■Please don't heat or cool rapidly as it may change the structure of the steel.
■Please don't hesitate to contact us for further enquiries.

Customer Reviews

Based on 43 reviews
David Hite

When you own the best there is not much more you can say.
A most proper blade to pass along to upcoming generations.
Looking forward to my next acquisition from your talented bladesmiths!!!

Javier Velasquez
Yanagiba Blue steel #2 Korouchi Tsuchime

I am really so happy with this purchase, this knife is an excellent one, cutting very thin either fish or meat.

Iulia-Alexandra Lup

Yanagiba Blue steel #2 Kurouchi Tsuchime Walnut Handle 240mm

CMG Charleston
Predictably excellent (3rd knife), tang imperfection

Perfectly satisfied with our first Nikiri with high carbon steel and walnut handle, I purchased two more: another Nikiri with VG-10 (lovely, gift for someone probably unwilling to deal with the extra care required of the carbon steels) and this Yananigba, semi-matching to the first Nikiri with a walnut handle. With a true Japanese sharpening (though the Western double-edged are excellent), this knife will be dedicated to fish preparation. The blade is excellent, technically and aesthetically. Straightness and thickness are exactly what was expected, and the finish is superior to my first Nikiri (the one that inspired these future purchases, so very high quality). I am more experienced with double-sided blades and am still achieving competency with single-sided, but skinning a large snapper and portioning wreckfish certainly felt superior. The walnut handle in that first Nikiri felt a little insubstantial at first, but I have come to appreciate it more as delicate. Even with the longer Yananigba, the handle lends itself to quickness and serves its purpose. However, the meeting of the tang and the handle is flawed compared to my other two Musashi knives. It feels perfectly solid, but the epoxy and fit are imperfect. This explains 'only' a 4-star review. Were I to suspect weakness or sense any diminution of utility, I would have returned it-- let's not overstate the critique. However, given the excellence of the first Nikiri (which has proven a daily workhorse that has proven quite easy to stone back to extreme sharpness) and the even higher aesthetic quality of the VG-10 Nikiri, perhaps Musashi has created an aspiration to perfection that is achieved the majority of the time. To be clear: I will unequivocally order again, both for myself and for gifts for the discerning few.

SoHee Kim
Great product and service.

We found a great knife in Musashi online site, we ordered one via international shipment. It took less than 24 hours for international (Japan to US) shipment notice and we took only 3 days for receiving the wonderful knife with a customized appreciation letter from service team. Thank you for making great experience.
More than 💯 score!!

Also Consider

Product Features

Handmade Forging

With the traditional forging process, the molecules of the iron material are finely tuned, leading to the completion of a "living kitchen knife" that breathes.


The process of heating and forging each material for mold making is repeated three or four times to quickly shape the blade and create durability before the carbon is released from the steel causing it to lose its original strength.


The blade is the most important factor in achieving the best possible sharpness. It is polished in our own blade factory to produce uncompromising sharpness.


The highest priority is placed on sturdiness, a sense of luxury, and a shape that is easy to grip and does not cause fatigue even after long hours of use.

Material SharpnessRust-resistantHardness
Sliver steel #3★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★
White steel #1★★★★★★★★★★★★
White steel #2★★★★★★★★★★★
Blue steel #1★★★★★★★★★★★★★★
Blue steel #2★★★★★★★★★★★★★
Aogami Super★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★


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