Hideo Kitaoka Blue #2 Usuba 180mm

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The very thin single bevel edge on this usuba produces extremely fine precision cuts to take your vegetable prep to a new level.

First Impressions

The Blue #2 core clad in carbon steel in this range is finished to a very high standard and are incredibly precise knives for a range of jobs primarily around the preparation of sushi.

Beauty

Depending on the blade, there is a combination of eye catching suminagashi damascus or a simpler hairline migaki finish paired with traditional octagonal ebony handles but the finishes are as you would expect - top class.

In Hand

This is a single bevel knife designed for right handed use only. 

Durability

The core Blue #2 steel has been heat treated to a relatively high level of hardness around 63-64HRC which gives those single bevel edges a good level of durability and the edge retention required more often in the professional kitchens where these knives tend to be most used.

Ease of Care

With the carbon steel cladding and reactive core steel, these are reactive knives and we recommend cleaning and drying between uses as with all carbon steels. 

For longer term care, a carbon steel care kit is recommended.

Our Verdict

While there is nothing to stop a keen home cook using these knives, it's more likely that the specific nature and high standard of finish is going to be something a professional sushi chef will be seeking and Hideo Kitaoka's knives are prized in professional environments for their quality and cutting precision. 

For those who are serious about fish prep at either a home or professional level the Blue #2 is certainly a line of knives to seriously consider.

Product details

  • Blade Length: 170mm (Measurement of the cutting edge)
  • Total Length: 320mm (Blade tip to handle end)
  • Blade Height: 47.7mm (Heel to spine)
  • Blade Thickness: 3.73mm (Spine width above the heel) 2.61mm (Measured halfway along spine) 2.42mm (Measured 15mm from tip)
  • Total Weight: 190 grams
  • Core Steel: Blue Steel #2
  • Cladding Steel: Carbon
  • Hardness: 63-64 (HRC)
  • Handle Style: Japanese
  • Handle Material: Ebony
  • Left or Right handed: Right only (Single Bevel)

Product SKU: KITA-003-##

Our aim is to measure and photograph our products as accurately as possible but due to many items being handmade, finished or using natural materials, there can be minor variance in measurements and things such as blade or wood finishes can vary. We will always endeavour to provide the most accurate measurements, photos and descriptions of our products.

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

Protection & care for this knife

We recommend magnolia nakiri saya or nakiri size (22x5cm) blade guard for this knife.

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Meet the maker

Hideo Kitaoka

Helping you find the perfect knives & accessories

Cutting Edge Knives is a family run business established in 2011 and based in the picturesque town of Holmfirth, West Yorkshire. We love the history and craftsmanship that goes into making Japanese chef knives and accessories and the excitement and enjoyment you experience when using a truly sharp knife in the kitchen.

Over many years we've helped thousands of happy customers find their dream knife and look forward to helping you too.

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