With the entry of low quality cutlery in the market, choosing the best kitchen equipment today has become more difficult than nailing a jelly to a tree. When it comes to picking the best sushi knife in particular, the world may seem unfair to you. There are many mind-baffling choices out there. Are you aspiring to be a professional Sushi chef? Do you need a perfect knife for your Sushi party? Is your Sushi-making class demanding a quality Sushi knife?
Well, I fully understand what you need. Honestly, I have not been doing Japanese dishes for quite some time now. Luckily, you will agree with me that a skill is like a blood vessel, no one can take it away from you. Are you therefore wondering how to pick the best Sushi knife? Worry no more. I fully understand your woes, and you know what? I am a professional kitchen doctor, I always have a solution to each and every kitchen problem you face.
If you want to have the best sushi knife for the best Sushi meals, here are a few tips that will add more value to your quest;
Go for the best material
Kitchen tools are made from different materials. However, I strongly believe that the best kitchen tools are made from the best materials. For Sushi knives, I strongly recommend you to go for those crafted with high-end carbon steel. If you are a history fanatic like myself, you will learn that this is the same material that was, and is still used to make samurai swords since time immemorial. Come on, let use face reality, if a blade made of high-carbon steel does great in the battlefield, then it will definitely be greater in your kitchen!
A sushi knife made of this material will assure you of great aesthetic quality, and will surely serve more generations to come.
Consider getting a sharpening stone
I have used different brands of Sushi knives throughout my career. One major shortcoming they all possess is that they have only one sharpened edge unlike other knives that have two. For this reason, they easily lose their sharpness. If all you want is efficiency in that knife you will put your sushi trust for the rest of your life, having a sharpening stone is not an option.
Go for a Sushi knife that come with a decent price
I know what you believe; the price of a tool is never the basis of its quality. Well, I respect that. However, do you know that cheap is the most expensive commodity in the world? I used low-priced sushi knives as a newcomer in the industry, I can tell you they are all a disappointment. They saw and mash your sushi other than cut it. They are not as sharp and strong as their decently-priced counterparts. If you want to purchase one on a very tight budget, please take this from me; save a little bit more and go for the best.
It will be a great displeasure if I leave you with these tips and not give you my experience with Sushi knives. These two have worked wonders for me;
The Yoshihiro Cutlery Hammered Damascus Gyuto Knife
Hammered with 16 VG-10 layers of hammered Damascus, this is a knife that assured me of undisputed durability from the onset. This feature also ensured this knife will always add glamor to my kitchen thanks to its exceptional aesthetic quality, and despite the fact that Sushi knives do not keep sharpness for long, this is one that kept it longer than any other sushi knife I have used.
Made with mahogany wood, this knife’s handle stability and strength can never be underestimated. Its brown/reddish finish adds to this knife’s overall charming appeal.
In my honest opinion, only one word can define this knife; Excellence!
The Narihira Fujitora Double Bevel Long Chef Knife
The blade of this knife is crafted with a remarkable Japanese high-carbon steel, which not only makes it non-stick but also highly durable. With it, I am assured the children of my children will still use it, and it will never compromise the quality of the sushi I can make today.
With a full tang design, and 3 stainless steel pins on the handle adds to my kitchen’s glamorous look, and ensures I get optimum comfort and balance. If all you want is to do a great job with a well-designed sushi knife, this is a one knife I highly recommend you consider a trusted lifetime companion.
If you have been to prepare your sushi and have failed severally at cutting it, I believe I will enjoy a different delicacy in your kitchen after you read, retain and practice what I have carefully put in words in this article. See you in your next Sushi party.