Michio Ishikawa White #2 Single Bevel Deba 165mm

Regular price £180.00

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Crafted one at a time in Mr Ishikawa's workshop in small quantities using traditional techniques, the right handed single bevel deba is obviously not for everyone but does offer precise cutting and a rugged tool for butchering fish.

First Impressions

There's quite a lot to process when first opening the box and checking out these fairly unique single bevel knives, they're entirely made by hand and the forging and finishing process is easy to see and they're finished with an ever so slightly hollow grind to provide a good cutting experience.


The knives in this line are made in a very traditional manner and finished in an unfussy and simple style and fitted with a D shaped oval handle and perhaps there are more visually striking finishes available on other knives.

Mr Ishikawa focuses his craft on creating useful tools for his customers but if traditional looks and style are what you seek then these belong in your toolkit. 

In Hand

As a right handed single bevel knife, the aim is to create a precise cutting experience and they certainly are precise with no steering issues and they're comfortable in hand although the handle ferrule is one place where money has been saved in construction and isn't always an entirely smooth fit and may be something you'd replace later if it bothered you.

The White #2 collection is slightly narrower above the heel and so has a slightly less pronounced distal taper in comparison to the Blue #2 knives.


The triple forged White #2 clad in soft iron is hardened to around 62HRC and is a solid and durable carbon steel choice that is easy to sharpen and maintain.

Depending on your core steel preference, you can also check out the Blue #2 versions of the knives.

Ease of Care

While carbon, these knives aren't enormously reactive and so as long as you're comfortable sharpening and maintaining a single bevel knife they're a good workhorse range to enjoy and just follow our normal carbon steel care instructions and consider a carbon steel knife care kit for long term care.

Our Verdict

This is an interesting line of knives we are delighted to stock as Mr Ishikawa only makes small quantities for international customers and given the process for making them is quite labour intensive even compared to normal Japanese knives it's great to experience them! 

The knives are imperfect, the finish can be a little uneven in places and the handle is a low cost stock magnolia one you might want to go as far as replacing over time but the experience of using the knives is that of a precise cutting workhorse that holds an edge well and are a collection of no-fuss tools suitable for both home and professional use by right handers.

It is expected that you would want to finish the final sharpen on the primary bevel yourself with these knives which evens out the imperfections we highlight above but on some knives, we offer a finished option which have been professionally finished by Tom at Sheffield Sharpening Shed.

He has flattened the bevel and worked out all the unevenness, finshed on a medium Aoto stone, hand sanded the whole knife to bring back the finish to a higher standard then polished the spine and choil and all completed with a micro bevel at 3k grit.

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Product details

  • Blade Length: 173mm (Measurement of the cutting edge)
  • Total Length: 312mm (Blade tip to handle end)
  • Blade Height: 54.8mm (Heel to spine)
  • Blade Thickness: 7.09mm (Spine width above the heel)
  • Total Weight: 224 grams
  • Core Steel: White #2
  • Cladding Steel: Soft Iron
  • Hardness: 61-62 (HRC)
  • Handle Style: Japanese
  • Left or Right handed: Right only (Single Bevel)

Product SKU: ISHI-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

You can use a santoku size (22x5cm) blade guard to protect the edge of this knife when not in use.

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Meet the maker

Michio Ishikawa

Mr Ishikawa specialises in single bevel blades which he forges entirely by hand one at a time using what is known as the Nakaniida process which involves a mixture of cold and hot forging with the aim to improve the hardness of the steel being worked.

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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