Usuba / Kamagata Usuba
Traditional Japanese style knife designed specifically to cut vegetables.
Usuba literally means "thin blade" indicating its relative thinness compared to other knives, required for cutting through firm vegetables without cracking them. Due to its height and straight edge, usuba are also used for specialized cuts such as katsuramuki, shaving a vegetable cylinder into a thin sheet.
There is usuba (square tip) and kamagata-usuba (round&pointed tip). General sizes are 180 mm to 240 mm.
The kamagata usuba has a pointed tip, which allows for more delicate work and decorative carving. Originated in Kansai (Osaka) region where the Imperial Court was located for long years. They prepared food with beautiful presentation and harmony.