Blue #2 Deba 180mm

Regular price £260.00

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A beautiful right handed, single bevel deba knife made by Yauji Yoshihiro under the watchful eye of master blacksmith Hideo Kitaoka.

First Impressions

The deba is specifically designed to make short work of fish so its a thick, heavy and sharp knife that will power through whatever is in front of it. 


Not just functional, it's also beautiful. On one side is an intricate pattern and the exposed layering as the single bevel tapers down to the cutting edge and on the back is the functional and undecorated size that does the work.

In Hand

With all deba knives, they can be a little unwieldy due to their thickness and relative weight but it's balanced out nicely with a large, oversized handle that's in proportion with the blade and offers good mobilty while manouvering the blade through the fish.


The deba is a massive knife, it's designed for durability and butchering fish (and other protiens) so the thickness, weight and Blue #2 steel all contribute to an extremely durable knife designed for a specific task.

Ease of Care

The Blue #2 will develop a patina with use so care instructions for reactive steel can be found below. 

One thing we will note when owning and storing a deba is because of their significant weight, please take care when putting it on a magnetic rack as it may slip if the rack has any hollow spots between magnets.

Our Verdict

The deba is a specific knife for a particular job so if your prep work requires it then it's a good investment that's going to make your job easier. 

It's a very well made and finished knife and the design and production is based on the same knives Hideo Kitaoka has been making for many years and has now passed to his highly skilled apprentice. 

It's a heck of a lot of knife (literally and figuratively!) for the money.

Product details

  • Blade Length: 181mm (Measurement of the cutting edge)
  • Total Length: 326mm (Blade + Handle)
  • Blade Thickness: 7.6mm (Measured level with heel)
  • Blade Height: 53.5mm (Heel to spine)
  • Total Weight: 310 grams
  • Steel Type - Cladding: Stainless
  • Steel Type - Core: Blue Steel #2
  • This knife is made from a reactive steel that has some special care instructions and properties – learn more.

  • Left or Right handed: Right only
  • Handle Style: Japanese
  • Handle Material: Octagonal rosewood
  • Restock Time: 9-12 months Approximate timescale for restocking this knife if stock levels are low

Product SKU: 9201

Our aim is to measure and photograph all our products as accurately as possible but due to the handmade nature of many items, please be aware that there may be some variance in the measurements and that things such as blade and knife handle patterns can vary and presentation boxes may differ from those shown but we will always endeavour to provide the most accurate measurements, photos and descriptions of our products.

Some measurements such as HRC are provided by the manufacturer and should therefore be used as a guide.

Blacksmith Profile

Yauji Yoshihiro

Born in 1983, Yoshihiro san is already an highly experienced blacksmith having completed the long apprecenticeship under the tutelage of master Hideo Kitaoka.

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