About the Shape - Usuba translates as “thin edge/blade.” The flat blade is meant for chopping vegetables. The entire flat edge of the knife kisses the cutting board making sure you don't turn the veggies into an accordion. The Usuba is a traditional Japanese blade that is only sharpened on one side. This is called “single bevel.” As a result, this knife is perfect for rotary peeling.
About Sakai Takayuki AUS8 INOX- Sakai Takayuki is well-known as the largest knife maker in Sakai. The company hosts a number of blacksmiths and craftsmen who work together to create a huge array of knives. Although the Sakai region traditionally specializes in single-bevel blades, Sakai Takayuki makes many different shapes.
The AUS8 INOX is perfect for a young sushi chef or amateur home cook wanting to break into the world of sushi. These are forged out of AUS-8, stainless steel that is harder than your average kitchen knife but not quite as hard as some of the carbon and high-tech steels of Japan. In normal speak, it will keep an incredible edge for a long time but is more durable than some higher-end knives.