A great little knife for working with smaller items like garlic, onions and small soft fruit.

Small and powerful, this precision knife is ideal for slicing and dicing smaller items like garlic, onions and soft fruit. If you grumble a lot while doing the fiddly little jobs, this is for you.

What we thought about this knife

We have personally tested and reviewed this knife to give you an honest and personal opinion about it and this is how it rates.

5 / 5Overall performance

If this knife was a sandwich, the filling would be white carbon steel, and the bread a softer, stain-resistant steel. A sandwich this tough would break your teeth, obviously. But on the plus side, this means the knife’s core can sustain a super-sharp edge as part of a nice, thin blade that’s sharpened to a 15-degree angle for easier cutting. The stain-resistant steel protects the core from corrosion, ensuring a smooth action that’ll last a long time. As a bonus, it’s dead easy to sharpen.

4 / 5Beauty

Every Yuki Petty knife is mottled and flecked in a unique way by the manufacturing process. You can tell instantly that it’s hand worked steel and when you hold it in your hands you’ll picture the Japanese craftsman who created it. Forget mass-produced laser cut knives. This one has soul, with slight imperfections that do nothing to impact performance but add enormous character. Your Yuki knife will gain a slight patina on the edge (it’s NOT rust) when you use it, illustrating your history with it.

4 / 5Durability

We don’t want to tempt fate, but the Yuki Petty will probably outlive you. And if you’re thinking the handle looks a little flimsy in the pictures, don’t worry. It’s going nowhere.

4 / 5Ease of care

The knife will be just fine if you take good some basic steps to keep it in good nick. Not that you need to lavish it with care and attention: just wipe and dry the blade after use. Don’t panic if you see a spot of rust – you can remove it with a plastic scrubber and hot water. Most importantly, don’t ever, ever leave it in water.

4 / 5Comfort

It’s an absolute joy to use. The handle’s light and smooth, the blade is comfortable and unintimidating, yet so sharp that you’ll start smiling the moment you use it. After a while it feels like an extension of your arm. Just remember to put it down once you’ve finished.

5 / 5Value for money

You’re getting handmade Japanese craftsmanship from a small forge that’s run by veteran blacksmiths. It’ll last you a lifetime and impress every time with its cutting performance. Of course it’s a bargain!

The technical bits

Our aim is to measure everything as accurately as possible but some specifications (such as hardness for example) are provided by the manufacturer and therefore should be used as a guide only.

What you get with the knife

Beautiful blue fibre boxes with the Masakage logo and name in silver foil on the lid. On the inside you will find a blue stepped inlay and your beautiful knife of course, wrapped in Japanese newspaper by the craftsmen who made it.

So while not working on your knife skills you can catch up your Japanese language skills. Talk about the gift that keeps on giving...

All our knives also come with free blue plasters just in case you're not ready for the sharpness! If you intend to use your knives regularly then we don't advise you to use the boxes for day to day storage, get a magnetic knife rack instead.

What is a Paring knife?

Small and handy, the paring knife is your mini Chef's knife used for those jobs where the Chef's knife is too big. You'll miss it if you don't have it.

You can read more about Paring knives.

Still need some advice choosing the right knife?

We want you to be happy that you're buying the right knife for your cooking needs so if you're not sure what you need, read our guide to buying the right knife. You can also check out the frequently asked questions or for anything else, contact us.