Creating sushi is an art, not just meal creation. A lot of attention goes into slicing, rolling and cutting the perfect sushi roll. The correct knife is the one very special tool essential to presentation and that is super-sharp slip-resistant, and stick-resistant. Choosing the right knife to do the job can be very confusing, especially if you are a home chef who has not had professional training. This is truly a top 11 list of sushi knives for the seasoned sushi chef and the absolute beginner! I am also going to explain some of the terminology, cleaning, maintenance, and storage…
The internet has brought so much detail and informal training into our lives. I don’t think there is anything you can’t learn online. Learning to make sushi is no exception.
We all need to start somewhere, and in the kitchen, the correct tools of the trade often are the make or break factor in attaining great results or finding ourselves with a drawer/closet full of unused utensils.
There are many knives needed to produce good sushi, from the simple to the most advanced recipes. There are just so many to choose from, crafted with Japanese craftsmanship, elegance, and very specific functions.
If you are going to browse other knives, keep that in mind.
Sushi knives are normally made of high carbon steel that rusts easily if not properly cared for but keeps a much sharper edge. The edge is beveled on one side with the other side flat to keep food from sticking to the knife. Sushi knives can be crafted from one single high-grade steel, Honyaki, or from two high-grade metals, Kasumi.
There are different types of sushi knives that each have their function or use. There are:
- The Yanagiba knife is the basic sushi knife that is used for cutting sushi rolls.
- The Deba is used for cutting through bones and cartilage.
- The Usuba is used for peeling and cutting the vegetables and fine cuts of meat.
- The Santoku is used to cut fish, meat, and vegetables – a general, all-in-one knife if you don’t have money to invest in a full set at one go.
There is no such thing as a cheap sushi knife if you want quality. These knives are delicately crafted, and the sharpness of the blade is dependent on the steel used. But if you are willing to invest you can get high quality that will last a long time if properly cared for. At the end of this article, I will share some tips and advice for properly caring for your Sushi knives.
Top 11 Best Sushi Knives
These elegantly crafted knives are made of German high carbon stainless steel and are used for carving vegetables.
These are not just for use making sushi, they can be used for chopping, shredding, dicing and slicing fruit, vegetables, fish, and meat. Because of the cost of knives in general and sushi knives specifically, it is best to use a knife only for the specific purpose you bought it for. If you want a sushi knife but you use the knife for cutting vegetables with thick skin the blade will not last long.
When making sushi the most important thing is the sharpness of the blade for slicing the fish ultra-thin. The Chef Knife is ultra-sharp and retains a sharp edge well. This knife’s blade is 2mm thick making slicing a breeze. The handle is ergonomically designed to avoid slipping in wet hands. It is a great knife for professional chefs and food/cooking enthusiasts.
The blade is made with German high carbon stainless steel that is designed to resist corrosion and not to tarnish easily. This knife will not rust if it is properly cared for. The high-quality knife comes paired with a 3.5-inch fruit knife and is packed in a stylish black box. It is a great gift set for all special occasions.
The blade is very sharp! Please be careful when using or even just removing from its box. Keep out of reach of children.
The BECOZIER 8″ Super Sharp Professional Chef’s Knife is made of German high carbon stainless steel that is rust-resistant and made with unique anti-crack technology. Its sharpness rating reaches 11N.
The ergonomic handle makes the knife very comfortable to use. This knife’s handle has a higher Glass Fiber density (GF10) than the traditional Micarta wooden grip. It is very elegant and comes in a quality box that makes for a beautiful gift.
The ultra-sharp blade is designed for precision chopping, mincing, slicing, and dicing. Again, remember that sushi knives are incredibly sharp and must be stored safely away from children.
This stylish knife is made to be long-lasting and to ensure excellent performance. It comes with a lifetime warranty that takes the risk out of your purchase.
The high-quality Tojiro DP sujibiki knife is made in Japan, where tradition has awarded the country the reputation of being master blade-makers.
The blade is made with a cobalt alloy steel core and stain-resistant steel. It has a double-edged blade that is evenly balanced. While this is great for even slicing, when making sushi you will need to work carefully to ensure food does not stick to the blade. The handle is made of composite (recycled wood) that is created under high pressure. It is very durable and made to last.
It measures 60 ±1HRc on the Rockwell C scale for hardness.
This TATARA Japanese chef knife is perfect for sushi, vegetables, and meat cutting. It comes in a beautiful, stylish wooden case for safe storage.
I learned something new about metal courtesy of this stunning knife. This knife has 67 Damascus layers. What exactly does that mean? Damascus steel has been widely used in the making of bladed weapons for thousands of years. It is a more superior metal than iron (that other weapons were made of). The strength of the metal is not the only thing that makes this metal so special. The steel has a watery or wavy light and dark pattern in the metal which makes it a stunning piece.
The core is a 62+HRc giving superb cutting performance over a long period. The TATARA has an eight to twelve-degree cutting edge for the fine, delicate cutting that is needed in preparation for beautiful sushi.
It is full tang, one single piece of metal that extends from the tip of the blade to the end of the handle and is triple riveted and nitrogen cooled for hardness and flexibility.
The grip is G-10 ergonomically designed for durability, agility, and comfort.
The beautiful presentation of this knife in its black pinewood case with polishing cloth would make it the number one item on wedding registries.
TATARA has a money-back guarantee. If you are not satisfied you can expect good follow up service. This is the choice of many professional sushi chefs world-wide.
The Yoshihiro Aonamiuchi Blue Steel #1 Yanagi Kiritsuke Sushi Sashimi Japanese Knife Ryu Dragon Ebony Handle is an 11.8-inch masterpiece.
This beautiful knife is handmade using Aoko Blue Steel #1 with a Rockwell Hardness score of 63 to 64 HRc by master blade-makers. The blade is wider and thicker than most other knives.
This knife is forged to create beautiful Namiuchi (wave forged) wave patterns in the metal. It takes a master craftsman to forge these blades. They are the picture of functional art.
The long blade was designed for slicing long thin slices of fish with a single slice. This is a great knife for professionals who prefer a knife that has a slightly heavier feel. This knife is made in Japan and not mass-produced. It is essential for creating beautiful sushi.
The handle is ergonomically designed and comfortable to use. The Yoshihiro Aonamiuchi comes with a protective sheath, called a Saya, to preserve the integrity and lifespan of the blade.
This beautiful 8-inch slicing knife is made of premium 67-layer Damascus stainless steel. It is built to last. Damascus stainless steel is tough, it is built to preserve the blade against corrosion. It has a great non-stick function and if properly cared for won’t rust or tarnish easily.
The eight-inch blade is very sharp. It is great for slicing, cutting, and dicing fruit, vegetables, and fish. The ergonomic G10 handle is great for those who spend a lot of time in the kitchen. It is designed with your comfort in mind and is strong and stable enough to help you create masterful sushi dishes.
This is a very dangerous knife because it is super-sharp. Please be careful when using it and store it away from children.
Also, to preserve the blade do not use it to cut anything hard like thick-skinned vegetables or hard cuts of meat. It comes in an eye-catching gift box that is perfect for every occasion.
TURWHO promises a superior product and guarantee you will love it, or you get your money back.
This stunning knife is made of high carbon molybdenum, vanadium alloy steel. It doesn’t have a bolster which makes it a lightweight and the thin blade makes it a very comfortable knife to use. The knife is well balanced.
It is coated in a black nonstick coating to ensure that nothing sticks to the knife giving you precision slicing that can present your sushi beautifully.
The blade is tapered from spine to edge to form a v-shaped blade that will cut and slice easily.
The handle is made of pakkawood that is made to last.
Voted Best In Class, the six-inch Zelite Infinity Chef Knife is made of ThyssenKrupp (German) high carbon stainless steel sharpened to a razor’s edge. This steel will provide lasting performance and is resistant to rust, corrosion, and staining.
The blade has a hardness of 56HRc meaning it is tough as nails and retains its edge very effectively. It is a full tang blade that backs up the metal’s hardness with engineered precision.
It provides minimal slicing resistance and is great for chopping, slicing, dicing and mincing vegetables, meat, and fruit. The shorter blade will give you added control to provide precise, neat sushi. Top of Form
The handle is ergonomically designed and preferred by chefs who prefer pinched grip style of cutting. This knife has a forged, rounded black handle that has a rare tapered bolster.
It is well balanced for functionality and comfort. This will give you the tool you need to provide perfect sushi that is styled for professional sushi chefs that you can use to prepare your sushi at home and have it looked like a master chef prepared it.
The Zelite Infinity Chef Knife is hand-finished in the traditional Honbazuke method.
The blades have a 15 – 16 degree/side angle to ensure create masterpieces. The blade blades will stay sharp and retain the edge to give greater sushi.
This product is packaged in a beautifully making it a fantastic gift.
The Zelite Infinity Chef Knife comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If you don’t like it, simply send it back for a full refund.
The Global G Series Knives offer a beautiful simplicity that if cared for will last and give you years of perfect sushi preparation.
It is made from CROMOVA 18 stainless steel that is rust, corrosion, and stain-resistant and is perfectly balanced. The full tang blade with handle makes this a very easy knife to keep clean. The blade is very sharp and retains its sharpness. The blade is sharp and long and is constructed of a single piece of metal.
This knife has a lifetime guarantee for normal use if cared for properly.
One negative about this knife is that it is made for right-handed use only.
The handle is unique in that it is hollow and filled with sand for weight and balance giving more control when preparing your sushi.
The steel is ice-tempered and hardened to 56 – 58 HRc on the Rockwell scale.
10. Tojiro DP Gyutou
The 8.2-inch Tojiro DP Gyutou knife gives a lot of control for slicing thin even slices of fish, vegetables, and fruit.
The blade is full tang and attached to the stainless-steel handle with three studs. The three-layered blade core is made from cobalt alloy steel for strength and durability.
It is stain-resistant and for use by left-handed and right-handed users.
This starters kit contains an AYA sushi knife with a razor-sharp blade that has a non-stick blade to ensure that it is easy to clean and maintain.
Bazooka has complimentary online videos to learn how to prepare the best sushi with recipes and advanced techniques.
This set is one of Amazon’s top-selling starter kits and has a five-star rating from users.
What a beautiful gift set.
It is made with the finest materials, including 100% natural premium bamboo and a stylish storage bag. To top it off it has a 100% satisfaction guarantee or your money back.
What is the Rockwell Hardness test and what is a good value on the test?
The Rockwell ‘C’ hardness test method is used to measure the hardness of metals. The higher the value the harder the metal. Knives will typically have a hardness of 55-62 on the ‘C’ scale.
How are blades forged?
Forging is a process where a piece of metal is heated to a high temperature and then flattened with a hammer to produce a final rough shape that can be machined to the final desired profile.
How should I clean the knife?
Clean using warm soapy water and dry immediately. Do not soak or wash your knife in hot water.
Is it easy to sharpen the blade?
Yes, use a whetstone and water to sharpen. It will take time to learn to do it safely because of the razor-edge blade.
How to preserve, clean, and store your knives
Here are some notes to preserve the lifespan, looks, and functionality of your sushi knife.
If you do not clean and store your knives properly your knives will eventually rust.
Proper cleaning and storage are more important than you can imagine. The biggest mistake people make (I made this mistake myself) is putting knives in the dishwasher.
The reality is that this can permanently damage the knife. When you put anything in a dishwasher is cleaned using extremely hot water. Water causes wood to weaken. Superheated water doubly so.
Leaving your knives soaking in water will have the same result.
Always clean and completely dry immediately after use.
To clean your knives correctly you should always you soap and warm water, and dry immediately using a soft cloth.
Storing your knives is as important as correct washing.
When you store knives in a drawer with other cutlery the blades bump against one another damaging each other; especially the blade.
Always store knives in a cutlery block, storage boxes the knives came in or in sheaths.
Especially with sushi knives, it is very important that you keep knives away from children and that you always work very carefully. The blade of a sushi knife is incredibly sharp and can cause a lot of serious damage.
Also, do not chop on a hard surface. Glass, steel, and bone can also damage the blades.
Do not cut frozen food, this can damage the delicate structure of the knife. You must use the correct knife for the correct function, i.e. vegetables, fruit, fish.
Always store your knife set in a cool dry place like a kitchen cupboard or a cutlery box.
You will eventually need to sharpen your knife. Sushi knives are incredibly sharp and need to be sharpened to ensure thin slices, non-stick, and clean accurate cutting.
This should always be done using water and a whetstone.
If your knives are made of carbon steel they can oxidize if they are not properly cleaned immediately after use. To prevent oxidization clean and oil your knives regularly.
I hope this article will help you make your choice for a quality, functional sushi knife.