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Funayuki Knives


Japanese Funayuki Knife

Funayuki Knife Specs

  • Blade Type: Double-bevel
  • Blade Length: 9–18 cm
About Funayuki Knives

Funayuki is an all-purpose knife with a thin blade optimized for cutting fish.

Mostly double-edged knives, but single-edged knives are also available, with blade lengths ranging from 12 to 21 cm. At Yoshimune Knives, we have our original blackened knife called the Iyo-Type Funayuki. This knife has a larger blade area and a wider blade, making it easier to cut large vegetables.

Funayuki means "fisherman's row." Initially, this type of knife was used by fishers on boats to make fisherman's rice, a dish in which the fish is processed, mixed with several kinds of vegetables, mixed in a pot, and boiled.


Carbon steel is mainly Aogami (Blue) steel #2, which offers the best overall balance of performance. Specifically, Aogami (Blue) steel #2 has the following features:
  1. Contains chromium and is rust-resistant.
  2. High hardness (HRC60) and good sharpness.
  3. Tough blade and resistant to spills.
  4. Not as hard as Aogami Super (HRC64) or #1 (HRC62) steel and is relatively easy to sharpen.

Shirogami (White) steel is pure carbon steel and is reasonably priced, but it is prone to rust.

Funayuki vs. Santoku Knives

Funayuki knives have sharper blade tips than Santoku, another popular all-purpose knife. It is easy to make a thrusting cut, so it is an easy knife to cook meat with.

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