The hankotsu are the tough small Japanese knives that are being used for the light butchery. This is the best for duties such as boning, getting in between the bones, trimming meat, Frenching a rack and breaking down poultry. These Hankotsu knives present a pointed, sharp tip that may be inserted into a cut then it will run along the bone, fat and connective tissue. The hankotsu knives also have the short height, which is about 1 inch to 1.5 inches, which makes the blade lively enough to be twisted and maneuvered easily during your cutting session.
The exclusive feature of this hankotsu knife is that the cutting edge close by the heel area – this actually do not have a heel. Bear in mind that without the heel, there will be no finger guard also.
Depending on the making, anywhere from a section of the third of the frame length at its heel end remained unsharpened. It gives the tough edge for any kind of scraping that needed to be done. This will also give a bit of the finger protection with regards to slipping.
The length of the blade normally measures about 6 inches, and its edge is industrially double beveled – however, it is crushed at an asymmetrical slant position, in a proportion of around 90/10 into the perfect side.
If you are left-handed, then this will not be the better choice for you. It is going to be uncomfortable for the vertical boning, except if you made a special order one that is for left-handed used.
The Hankotsus knives also require exclusive care during its honing and sharpening. All of their sharpening action happened to the right edge or on the greater angle, or while it’s smaller angle is being touched only for removing burrs.
This Honesuki knife is another kind of boning knife; however, this one has been styled for a particular task of splitting down poultry and in cutting through joints – however, not for cutting bones.
Like a hankotsu, the traditional honesukis had an asymmetrical edge based on its right side. However, more recently, the honesukis with the equal 50/50 bevel to its both sides have been available, making these models a good alternative for the left-handed users. Because of the compact size of the knife, it became handy, since it is one of the general purpose utility knives. With the distinctive triangular profile which runs from the heel to the tip, the blade has been quite stiff with a bit, flex to it, with the ideally straight cutting edge. The length of the blade runs from 5.5 up to 8 inches, and then it measures around 1.5 inches from the heel to the spine.
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