As you probably know, Japan has some of the best products in the world. Japan has some of the best cars, technology, and food in the world. But also, Japan has some of the best quality knives in the world too! Here is our guide to buying knives in Japan.
First off let`s aquaint ourselves with the types of Japanese knives.
As you can kind of guess from the words below, "hocho" means knife.
(From left to right)
Mioroshi Deba Hocho- Used for Filleting Fish
Yanagiba Hocho- Used to cut sashimi, it`s long so you can cut it in one stroke.
Usuba Hocho- Used to cut vegetables, the blad is thinner than other knives
Deba Hocho- Used for Filleting Fish, used for the hard parts of the fish like the bones.
And last but not least, the most widely used knife is called the gyuto (not in picture). It`s the most common type of knife. The quality of Japanese knives is renown. Chefs from all over the world come to Japan to buy knives. Yup that`s right. So even if you`re not a chef, it`ll be a nice gift to bring home for yourself.
Also, if you`re going to buy a knife, you may as well bring home a toishi (a sharpening stone) as well, they are relitavely cheap and will keep your knife sharp for a long time. If you need some guidance on how to sharpen the knives, copy and past this "砥石 研ぎ方" into youtube.