Single-beveled knives are getting replaced by double-beveled knives, but in some cuisines, the single-beveled knives will still have their place. At work, I use the Yanagiba’s the most when it comes to preparing fish. I have replaced the Deba with a double beveled Chef’s knife or Gyuto instead of the Single beveled Deba for filleting. But when it comes to making a paste from fish, I prefer the heavier Deba.
Chinese-made Japanese specialized knives
When it came to a Japanese specialized knife made in China, my experience with them was mixed. Keep in mind that the knives I bought were in early 2019 when only a select few brands offered single-beveled knives. Now at the end of 2020, I have seen a lot of brands offering single beveled knives.
My concern with Single beveled knives made in China
My biggest concern with buying specialized knives from China is that I don’t know what I get until it gets delivered. In this case, the knife I purchased from Huiwill has terrible heat treatment, and it is so bad that I don’t believe that they used Japanese imported AUS10 at all. However, I got what I paid for back in early 2019, this Yanagiba with a length of 270mm was only $25 with free shipping.
While a select few brands did a good job, they had some quality problems in early 2019. And some of the brands even pulled out the entire knife line-up in early 2019 and never listed the knives back.
Extremely bad knives
When it comes to specialized knives, they are specialized for a reason. In this case, the knife core material was not the promised Japanese imported AUS10 with a Rockwell of 60 or higher. I highly believe that the Rockwell is around 56 or even lower, which is unacceptable for a specialized knife like a Yanagiba. After my first nigiri slice, I had my doubts, and after three pieces, I had to stop using the knife entirely at work. The concave is way too pronounced, but there is a positive side. The fit and finish were decent.
Brands like Huiwill, made me lose my faith in Chinese-made knives. But after talking to the direct original equipment manufacturers, I now understand how this can happen. Their contract is with the brand owner, and if they want a terrible core material and no heat treatment, they will deliver as long as the brand owner pays for the manufacturing process. If they wish to use Japanese AUS10 stamped as a logo on the blade, they will provide that too with no questions even when the core is not an AUS10. But that being said, some good brands do not mislead customers, but finding them will be a challenging task.
Will I review the specialized Japanese-styled knife in China?
I will try my best to review a few specialized Japanese-styled knives made in China because of the comment section’s request. Finding them will be challenging, so make sure to subscribe to my channel and hit the bell to get notified. If you had some good experience with a brand or certain specialized Japanese-styled knife made in China, make sure to comment on the brand name, knife style, and experience in the comment section below.
🛒S H O P:
Huiwill 270mm Yanagiba
(not recommended for professional use and I highly doubt the Japanese AUS10 Claim):
NA & EU: Huiwill 270mm Yanagiba
(Deba was quite good for making ”Surimi” (Fish Paste) despite the quality control problems for filleting it lacked the sharpness and edge retention):
NA & EU: Huiwill Deba
N O T E S:
Huiwill has changed its store a lot compared to Early (February) 2019. I don’t know if they have improved the heat treatment or not but after this experience I will not buy from them again.
Early (February) 2019 Findking had some quality control problems and their Yanagiba still has not been relisted or in stock yet in 2020
▶ If you want to know what knife you should buy you can read the following article ''Choosing your knife''. ▶ On my youtube channel, I have reviewed a lot of different knives. You can watch the playlist by clicking here. ▶ Click here, if you want to search for other kitchen knives on: Amazon. ▶ Click here, if you want to search for other Chinese knives on AliExpress. ▶ Check out my gear on Kit: https://kit.co/ChefPanko ▶ Check out my recommendation on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/shop/chefpanko Full Disclosure: If you purchase from these links I get a small commission that goes towards supporting the channel and website. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases ▶ If you have any questions about Japanese knives made in China or about some of the brands feel free to ask it in the comment section below. Thank you for your support and feedback. ▶ Want to work with me? Please use the contact form by clicking here.