Kitaoka – Yanagiba 210mm – VG10 Stainless


Hideo Kitaoka works from Takefu Knife village, Echizen in Fukui Prefecture and specializes in the production of high quality, traditional Japanese blades.

In 1980, Echizen was the first production centre for forged blades and was awarded the national recognized Traditional Craft product accolade. Blades have been hand-forged there since 1392-1573.


The Yanagiba is like a carving knife on rocket boosters. It slips through food effortlessly and crazy sharpness of the single edge means you will never struggle. Its a true gateway knife for people wanting to get into single bevel knives and learn some cool tricks. When slicing with a yanagiba the blade will naturally want to pull to the left on a right handed knife. (The opposite is true for is true for a lefty. ) As the driver of the blade, you must take control and tell it where to go. Sounds tricky, but you will get the hang of it after a while. Still the Yanagiba can take years to master.

This is a true slicing machine for people who love excellence.

Knife Specifications: 

Knife Shape: Yanagiba

Blade Length: 210mm

Steel Type: VG10 Stainless

Rockwell Hardness: 60:61

Handle Material: Wa (Japanese) Handle

Delivery time: 3 to 5 Working days


We use Payfast and EFT as payment method.

Care Instructions:

  • Wash and dry the blade by hand immediately after use. Dishwashers are very bad for all knives.
  • Use a soft cloth to wash the blade. Avoid abrasive dish scrubbers and powders as these can damage the finish of your beautiful knife.
  • Do not cut through bones. You can certainly cut along/beside bones, but do not cut into bones. This can, at worst, chip the blade.
  • Never use this knife to cut frozen food. I’m sure you have a 4×4 somewhere in your kitchen for this job.
  • Never twist, cleave or prise the blade.
  • Always use a wooden or plastic cutting board. Never cut on bamboo, glass, marble, slate, a plate, china, marble, arborite or anything harder than steel.
  • Store knives in a way that the blades will not knock into each other.
  • Never transport knives unprotected.

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