Slicing Sashimi with Yanagiba - which direction?

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Slicing Sashimi with Yanagiba - which direction?

Post by Cahudson42 » Fri Mar 24, 2017 6:41 am

Simple question, as I've seen videos both ways:

You are right handed with a correct right hand single bevel Yanagiba.

Do you slice (pull slice, correct?) from the left edge of the fish such that the thin offcut comes off against the flat side of the knife?


Or do you start on the right edge and work toward the left such that the offcut slice is always coming off against the bevel- edge side of the knife?

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Re: Slicing Sashimi with Yanagiba - which direction?

Post by mauichef » Fri Mar 24, 2017 1:07 pm

Great question.
I most often see chefs cut sashimi from the right side and nigiri from the left.
I usually cut from the left so as to be able to hold the slice with my left hand, especially when I am looking for a very thin piece.
So if you are making hira-zukuri, or rectangular slice, you would take it from the right.
If you are doing usu-zukuri, or thin slice, you would do so from the left.
I am a home chef so I would love love to hear from some pros.

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Re: Slicing Sashimi with Yanagiba - which direction?

Post by Cahudson42 » Sat Mar 25, 2017 8:55 am

Thanks! Great info...

After looking at them for months, did pull the trigger on Mark's last in stock 300mm Sakai..😊

Looking fotward to trying both your techniques when it arrives... Nigiri first.. so easy to do when I get the rice right..

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Re: Slicing Sashimi with Yanagiba - which direction?

Post by Willison_Knives » Tue Mar 28, 2017 10:16 am

Haven't had real experience with sushi, but as Mauichef said, it depends on the desired cut. Thinner cuts or to the left, i find that using the bevel helps keep the slice even, where as cutting to the right tends to ( an untrained with chisel ground) curve when slicing. I think(correct me please if im wrong!) even european cuts are to the left when thinness is desired.
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Re: Slicing Sashimi with Yanagiba - which direction?

Post by Puduu » Sat Feb 10, 2018 8:25 pm

Ya, I have to admit that I'm still confused on this.

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