Yanagiba is a knife you use for cutting raw fish for sashimi and sushi

And sujihiki is a knife for cutting meat.

Sujihiki knife is used for trimming the sinew and fat from meat.

The answer you might want to know is…

1. Can you use a sujihiki knife to cut fish or not


Because their shapes look very similar.

They are like crocodiles and alligators.

Or, leopards and jaguars

2. The answer is:

Yes, you can.

A sujihiki knife cuts fish very well.

Some izakayas in Japan actually use the sujihiki knife to cut sashimi.

But, are they interchangeable?

No, they are not.

Keep reading and you will find out…

3. Yanagiba knife is a knife used to slice fish from a fish block

It is a very long and thin knife.

And it is also called sashimi knife.

The Yanagiba knife must have this shape.

This shape makes your sashimi more tasty and presentable.

Do you know why?

When you slice sashimi you must pull the knife only once.

That way, you can keep the cut fresh and beautiful.

Personally, I think…

4. Yanagiba knives do a better job than sujihiki knives for cutting sashimi.

Here are some reasons why…

1. Yanagiba knives are more precise

A yanagiba knife has a single edge but a sujihiki knife has double edges.

Single-edged knives have a sharper angle compared to double-edged knives.

It means single-edged knives are keener.

In addition:

Because of the structure of the single edge, 

You can slice the fish thinner, 

Or, you can have more control over the thickness of a slice of sashimi.

Yanagiba knives respond better to your hand pressure.

2. Cut becomes more glossy if you use yanagiba 

This means the cut by yanagiba knives is smoother than sujihiki knives.

3. Sashimi that is sliced by yanagiba knives taste better

There is a slight difference.

But knives that rusts make better sashimi than stainless steel.

5. Sujihiki knife is for trimming meat

Sujihiki knives are considered a Western-style knife in Japan.

It is a relatively new knife,

Because most Japanese people didn’t have a tradition of eating meat before more modern times.

1. A Sujihiki knife makes trimming easier

This long and thin shape can easily make sharp turns.

If you use this knife, you can avoid meat wastage.

2. Most of the time, sujihiki knives is made of stainless steel

It means it doesn’t rust.

So, it is a lot easier to take care of compared to a yanagiba knife.

3. The best way to slice sashimi using a sujihiki knife is…

As I said before, sujihiki knives are used at Japanese izakaya restaurants for slicing fish too.

But a double-edged sujihiki knife is not as good as a single-edged yanagiba knife.

Do you know what chefs do?

They make a sujihiki knife single edged.

You can actually sharpen sujihiki knives to become single edged!

6. Here are pros and cons of sujihiki knives

As I explained, there are pros and cons of sujihiki knives for slicing fish meat.

Points that I want you to know are…

Pro No. 1 A sujihiki knife is inexpensive

Pro No. 2 A sujihiki knife is easy to take care of

Pro No. 3 A sujihiki knife has the most ideal shape to slice sashimi

Con No. 1 You need to sharpen sujihiki knife into a single edge

Con No. 2 Taste of sashimi may not be as good as yanagiba

Con No. 3 If you want a precision knife, yanagiba knives are better

Honestly, a sujihiki knife makes a decent sashimi knife for a home cook.

I usually use my sujihiki knife to slice a block of tuna and salmon very comfortably.

About the author


Yoshi is a self-proclaimed kitchen knife lover, blog writer and founder of “Chisaki Knife”.

“I am from Ibaraki prefecture in Japan, just an hour away from the capital, Tokyo.

A good kitchen knife is great! It can help me cook without stress.

Using and taking care of my kitchen knives is one of the most satisfying moments for me in the kitchen.

A sharp and keen knife makes me feel good.

Because of the crisp feeling and sound of ingredients on the cutting board.

And the cut looks beautiful.

It will make you a better chef.

And you can feel proud of your cooking.

My greatest dream is to connect people with kitchen knives through my blog.

I want to share with you – a lot of interesting and funny stories as well as tips and tricks about how to use and take care of your kitchen knives.

Knowing more about your knife can help you appreciate your cooking and make it taste extra delicious.”

Have you used a dull kitchen knife?

I have.

I used the knife in my friend’s kitchen long ago.

I was cutting carrots.

The knife was dull.

And because of that I put too much pressure onto the blade.

The knife slipped on the carrot…

I knew something went wrong.

And a moment later, I felt a pain, then I saw blood coming out.

My friends were worried about the injury and said,

“Are you okay?”

But it was just an annoying noise.

Because I was very angry with myself.

The wound was cured in 10 days.


Everytime I go to that friend’s house, I feel a little bit of fear and regret.

This memory tells me that using a good knife is critical and less dangerous.

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