The honesuki poultry boning knife that is used to separate the meat from the bones. It is lighter and thinner than the garasuki and can be used in place of a Western boning knife.
The garasuki poultry butchering knife is unique to Japan. It originated in specialty chicken restaurants and is commonly used to break down whole chickens. Due to its thickness and weight, it can be used for other jobs requiring heavy work with a short blade.
The hankotsu is a strong and sturdy knife used to cut meat away from the bone, but not for cutting through bones. The blade angle and straight handle make it easy to maneuver when boning, frenching or trimming.