The honesuki is a Japanese boning knife. It differs from a Western boning knife in its triangular shape and the fact that it is stiff with very little flex. The honesuki works very well for deboning poultry and typically has an asymmetrical edge. While it is called a boning knife, it is not meant to cut through bones. Instead it is intended to cut through the joints of the bird. Due to its shape and height, the honesuki can also double up nicely as a utility or petty style of knife.