Sakai Takayuki Moonlit Waves Yanagiba 290mm

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Yanagibas are traditionally used for cutting fish and can be used for sashimi and sushi.

Featuring a quality handle; solid and weighty with a full tang which is unusual for a Japanese knife but that is why this one is so popular, it brings together the quality and beauty of Japanese steel with a more familiar Western handle. 

First Impressions

The VG10 core steel gives this knife a truly great cutting edge and allows it to keep it for a long time meaning you get to spend more time cooking rather than sharpening. The stainless steel clad on to each side protects it from corrosion.

The dimpled hammer finishes helps prevent sliced of food sticking to the blade by reducing the surface area in contact with the food, they also look great too.


The blades look stunning and are certainly eye catching. The 17 layers of stainless steel on each side are hand ground to reveal each one in turn like tree rings.

The hammered dimples are a by product of getting the layers to bind together but leave the blade with this wonderful finish. The mahogany wooden handles finish it off well and make this range very attractive.

In Hand

The handle will be very familiar to most Western users as its what we are used to seeing in a kitchen knife. The grip is good and the balance of the knife is nicely central or neutral. A great knife with a lot of feel.


VG10 steel is widely used in Japanese knives because it's a strong steel capable of taking and retaining a great edge and combined with the sturdy Western style mahogany handle  riveted to the full tang of the knife this is a well made and higly durable range of knives.

Ease of Care

The stainless steel cladding makes this nice really easy to care for by protecting the cutting edge steel (VG10 in this instance) from rusting. The handle being wood should not be immersed in water so its the usual ritual of use, wipe, dry and store. Job done.

Our Verdict

Great Japanese blades paired with well made sturdy handles and fabulous looks. The Moonlit Waves is one of our all-time best selling ranges for good reason. 

They pair a quality steel and finish from a company who have been making swords, tools and knives for more than 600 years.

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Product details

  • Blade Length: 290mm (Measurement of the cutting edge)
  • Total Length: 433mm (Blade + Handle)
  • Blade Thickness: 3mm (Measured level with heel)
  • Blade Height: 39mm (Heel to spine)
  • Total Weight: 233 grams
  • Steel Type - Cladding: Stainless
  • Steel Type - Core: VG10
  • Left or Right handed: Either
  • Hardness: 60-61 (HRC)
  • Handle Style: Western
  • Handle Material: Full tang mahogany

Product SKU: 1758

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.

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Sakai Takayuki

Well known and respected, Sakai knives are created by a skilled team of craftsmen and as a company have been creating knives for more than 600 years.

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