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The Usuba is the traditional vegetable knife for the professional Japanese chef. Like other Japanese knives, usuba are chisel ground. Usuba characteristically have a flat edge, with little or no curve, and are tall, to allow knuckle clearance when chopping on a cutting board.There are several variations of the usuba. The Kanto variation has a square blunt tip, making it appear like a small meat cleaver.
This is the standard TC Blades 170mm left handed Usuba (Kanto style). This Usuba knife is an absolute work horse of a cutter. Usuba knives are used for all manner of roots and vegetables.
This knife is "old school". The Honyaki blade is made of one single piece of steel not a laminate of hard steel and iron clad - and there in lays the difference. The blade is made of a high carbon tool steel called O1. It is an oil quenching steel considered by many to be a superb choice for kitchen knives. We certainly think so.
Our line of standard Kurouchi finished knives follow the old Japanese crafts rational, where the blade is at the core of the instrument. The blade is the main focal point, made with utility in mind. The look and feel of the blade is rough and rugged - rustik in essence. This esthetic defines the Kurouchi finish. Made using simple yet very sturdy materials for its handle and saya, and possessing the high quality O1 high carbon tool steel, used in all of our knives, it provides you with a hard working, long lasting, Japanese style hand made kitchen knife.
Your knife will arive super sharp and ready to go straight out of the box. It is the perfect knife for anyone who loves a rustik feel in the kitchen, and likes to sharpen and polish his own knives on his own stones. The more you work with it, the more you sharpen and polish it on your stone, the nicer it will look. If you are after a cleaner more polished look right out of the box use ourto design and order your very own custom hand made TC Blades knife.
Blade: 170mm, left handed Usuba (Kanto style), kurouchi finish in o1 tool steel - firescale left in tact. will display grinder and/or hammer marks.
Handle: Left handed "D" shaped handle, Lightwood w/ Synthetic collar
Saya: Lightwood saya, Lightwood peg.
*Comes complete with black storage bag and signed certificate of authenticity with your.
* The knife you recieve will be specially made upon your order. As such it will display slight variations from the knife shown in the images. Rest assured that both are hand made in the same shop and by the same hands.
* All knives are hand made with great care. We will incorporate your order as soon as payment is completed. ETA of the ordered item depends on the workload and schedule in our workshop and may take between 45 to 180 business days from time of payment completion. Work on pre-ordered items is on a "first come first serve" basis.