Each single-edged traditional Japanese knife serves a different purpose in the kitchen. For the best results, it is helpful to learn about the different types of knives and their uses. Here’s everything you need to know about the Deba knife.
The Deba knife with its thick spine and tall blade is the best option for butchering fish. Breaking down, slicing, deboning and filleting, are just a few tasks that the Deba knife can do with ease. While the Deba knife cuts beautifully through fish bones, you can also use it to butcher other small soft joints like those of a chicken.
Japanese blades are renowned for their sharpness, including those of the Deba knife. With an extremely sharp blade, this knife is perfect for butchery. The spine of the knife is thicker and it has a heftier weight than other Japanese knives so it can cut solidly through fish bones.
Since the Deba knife is heavier than other knives, you may need to adjust your cutting technique. It’s important to grip the knife firmly, apply pressure with caution and let the knife do the work.
Just like all knives, the Deba knife needs routine maintenance including sharpening. Single-edged knives require their own sharpening technique. You can learn more in this video. Like all good knives, be sure to handwash your Deba immediately after use. Never put Japanese knives in the dishwasher. Carbon steel knives should be coated with a thin layer of food-safe oil if you will not be using them frequently. Now that you have read about the Deba knife: everything you need to know, shop our collection at Chubo Knives to add this Japanese fish knife to your own set.