The 4 Best Sushi Knife Options in 2020

Yanagiba Slicer

Whether you’re a professional chef or simply someone who wants to prepare sushi from the comfort of your own kitchen, one thing is certain — choosing a proper sushi/sashimi knife is essential.

In a rush? No worries. Here are the best sushi knives to consider in 2020:

Typically, good sushi knives aren’t cheap. Invest in one, however, and your sushi knife is bound to last and serve you well.

Sashimi vs Sushi: What’s the Difference?

Unless you’re a culinary arts professional, you may not know the answer to this. Let’s dive into it.

“Sushi” and “sashimi” are terms that are often used interchangeably. This is understandable, considering that there’s minimal difference. Nevertheless, sushi and sashimi are not one and the same.

Sashimi is raw meat — usually fish — that’s thinly sliced and served without rice. The word sashimi translates to “pierced fish”. In most instances, sashimi is some type of tuna or salmon. However, other kinds of raw meat popularly used include:

  • Clams
  • Mackerel
  • Octopus
  • Scallops
  • Shrimp

Sushi, on the other hand, refers to rice (often with vinegar) mixed with other ingredients. These could include some of the meats and fish that sashimi consists of, and the meats used may be cooked or raw. Translated, sushi means “it is sour” — this can be attributed to the use of vinegar rice.

On the issue of preparation, sushi knives are suitable for cutting fish to make sashimi and vice versa. As such, you shouldn’t worry about the nomenclature of the knife you choose.

The one thing to consider is how well the knife works. This depends on its craftsmanship, materials, and engineering.

Here’s an in-depth look at each of the best sushi knives you should consider.

Dalstrong Phantom Yanagiba Sushi Knife

Dalstrong Phantom Yanagiba Sushi Knife
Phantom Series 9.5” Yanagiba Slicer - Single Bevel

The Dalstrong Phantom Yanagiba is an outstanding sashimi knife. You’ll delight in wielding it, thanks to its heft. It’s thicker than standard kitchen knives, making for a superior cutting performance.

When cutting fish, its long and narrow blade makes paper-thin slices. And should you wish to use it for something other than making sushi, this yanagi is versatile — it is also suitable to use when preparing:

  • Raw poultry
  • Flank
  • Hanger steak
  • Pork tenderloin

True to the Phantom series style, it’s designed to convey a look of stealthy motion. Moreover, as with other knives in the series, the Phantom yanagi is elegant, agile, and ruthless.

As far as construction goes, this yanagi is crafted from the finest materials. As such, not only is it durable, it is also visually appealing.

The blade, measuring 9.5 inches, has the following features:

  • Japanese AUS-8 high carbon steel. 
  • Beautiful engraving of the Dalstrong name, as well as the Japanese kanji for “phantom”.
  • Hand sharpened in the traditional honbazuke fashion — this brings the blade edge to an extremely sharp 13–15 degrees.
  • Forged with precision from a single piece of ice tempered stainless steel.
  • Narrower width for enhanced maneuverability.
  • Traditional Japanese single-bevel edge.
  • Full tang for incredible robustness and quality.

All that impressive blade power is well complemented by a pakkawood handle. Featuring a traditional Japanese D-shape design, it offers maximum comfort and grip.

Plus, when you’re not using it, this knife has state-of-the-art storage.

As with other Dalstrong knives, this one features a protective casing. The high-quality polymer saya (sheath) folds shut perfectly over the blade. It locks the knife into place, while the soft suede-like interior protects every square inch.

Dalstrong Shogun Yanagiba Sushi Knife

Dalstrong sushi knife japan
The Ronin Series 10.5” Yanagiba & Sushi Knife

The highlight of this powerhouse is how well it sticks to Japanese design.

Its striking look is the result of expert craftsmanship, as well as an intensive manufacturing process.

The single bevel thin blade is 10 inches long and boasts of a razor-sharp edge — you can count on it to deliver fine, fast cuts of fish.

This is possible despite how heavy this knife is. As a Japanese sushi knife, this yanagi packs more weight than a Western chef knife.

Coupled with a 3mm thickness, this knife tackles cartilage and bone with ease. As such, it separates meat from bone without the need for much exertion on your part.

Also aiding the knife’s capabilities is the high carbon steel used to precision forge the blade. The Japanese steel, laminated on either side, undergoes cryogenic tempering with liquid nitrogen.

This increases the steel's crystalline structure, and, consequently, results in a stronger and more flexible blade.

Further enhancing the Japanese design is the exceptional handle that this knife sports. It’s easy to grip and aligns well with the hand’s shape.

Achieving this takes careful engineering. The handle tapers slightly larger towards the tail, which allows for tactile feedback and thus makes the knife easy to use.

Furthermore, the handle is of exceptionally high quality. It incorporates two distinct materials instead of one.

Its top is fashioned from red rosewood. This contrasts well with the black G-10 Garolite that makes up the rest of the handle — an incredibly strong military-grade, non-porous material akin to fiberglass.

As with other Dalstrong knives, the Shogun Yanagiba features a premium sheath. It’s made of wood and embedded with a magnet that secures your knife in place.

This knife is also available in a specially crafted edition best suited for left-handed chefs.

Dalstrong Shogun Sujihiki Slicing Sushi Knife

Shogun Sujihiki Slicing Sushi Knife
Shogun Series 10.5” Sujihiki Slicing Knife

The Dalstrong Shogun Series Sujihiki is a multipurpose slicing knife like no other. The term ‘sujihiki’ literally translates to “muscle cutter” or “flesh slicer”.

Originally designed for cutting and removing muscles from meat with long draw cuts, the Sujihiki has evolved from its roots in Asian-style preparations. Its mastery of Western applications has turned it into a culinary warrior against all boneless proteins, vegetables, and even bread.

Whatever the challenge, expect this knife to deliver paper-thin fish slices each time. 

Its long, thin blade measures 10.5 inches with a narrow height to minimize friction. Patterned divots running along the blade create air pockets between the knife and the fish, enhancing the knife’s non-stick properties. 

To add to this, a couple of the blade’s attributes give this chef knife a high-end look and feel. 

One, it’s forged from high-carbon Japanese AUS-10V stainless steel. 

Two, the blade is crafted by hand for 60 days. 

The end product is both a razor-sharp kitchen implement and an artistic statement. 

Other features of the blade include:

  • Precision-forging from a single piece of the finest carbon steel.
  • A high-grade steel core that contains high carbon levels — keeping the knife incredibly sharp for a longer length of time and doing away with the need for constant sharpening.
  • Alternating layers of damascus cladding that keep the blade durable and invulnerable to stain. 
  • Precise liquid nitrogen cryogenic tempering that makes the knife stronger and more flexible.
  • Hand-polishing to reveal a magnificent visual pattern.
  • Hand-finishing using the Honbazuke technique.
  • A beautiful mirror polished edge at a staggeringly acute 8–10 degrees.

Outstanding is the only way to describe the handle that completes this knife. As with other Shogun Series knives, this knife has a handle meticulously constructed of G-10 Garolite.

Inert and non-porous, this fiberglass-like material is highly impervious to both heat and moisture. As such, choosing this chef knife is a guarantee of life-long durability. Carefully engineered, the ergonomic handle offers superior hand control and comfort. 

Additionally, it’s stabilized with an engraved end-cap for agile performance. And to further enhance its visual appeal, the center rivet features an intricate mosaic pin made of polished copper.

For the blade’s protection, this sushi knife comes with a PerfectFit saya (sheath). Made of premium quality polymer, the sheath features an embossed Dalstrong logo. The inclusion of a pin with the set ensures your blade remains secured in place.

Dalstrong Gladiator Yanagiba Sushi Knife

Gladiator Yanagiba Sushi Knife
Gladiator Series 10.5” Yanagiba Knife

Winding up our selection is the formidable Gladiator yanagi sushi knife

This yanagi is a thick, heavy, single-bevel slicing knife. Traditionally, it is used in Japanese cuisine to prepare raw fish. 

With a 10.5 inch blade, this knife is capable of gliding through flesh effortlessly — and, it does so without with minimal tear or pull, so as not to affect the flavor and taste of your fish.

Its design combines the style of Japanese sushi knives with Dalstrong’s signature Gladiator Series features.

The blade is precision-forged from a single piece of imported premium quality, high-carbon German stainless steel. This gives it an ultra-sharp edge with excellent wear and stain resistance.  

Hand sharpened to between 14–16 degrees, this knife delivers impressive performance with consistency. It offers ultra-thin slicing without the need to overexert yourself, and, furthermore, it requires minimal cleaning and maintenance.

Making sushi is bound to feel effortless when you wield this knife. 

The blade features a beautiful and ambidextrous black pakkawood handle imported from Spain. It's laminated to make it extra strong, sanitary, and water/stain-resistant. 

One highlight of this handle is how well it achieves comfort and maneuverability. Undoubtedly, it's the product of thoughtful design and perfect engineering.

Helping it stand out is a bolster polished by hand that adds counterweight. Triple rivets (with a signature Dalstrong center rivet) offer the highest degree of robustness. 

The knife comes with a BPA free protective PerfectFit sheath. Further enhancing its protection levels, the sheath is water and stain-resistant. 

Elevate Your Culinary Experience With Dalstrong

If you take your craft as seriously as we do ours, you shouldn’t settle for anything less than exceptional. Using substandard kitchen equipment is a disservice to yourself, and all who partake in your culinary offerings.

Whatever your needs may be, and regardless of your preferred blade length, we’ve got the sushi knife for you. 

With more than 250,000 chefs and counting switching over to our range, Dalstrong knives are a cut above the rest. 

When you choose Dalstrong sushi knives, you’re doing more than merely making a purchase — you’re enhancing everything you do to deliver phenomenal dishes that impress.

Dalstrong knives have gained eminence for how well they handle an array of kitchen tasks. And that’s because our knives are akin to a natural extension of your hand, working harmoniously alongside you.

Invest in a Dalstrong sushi knife today and enjoy:

  • Exceptional performance
  • Durable, high-quality materials
  • Refined craftsmanship 
  • Great value
  • Free shipping (within 48 contiguous US states)
  • Excellent customer support

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