Kiritsuke knives are multi-purpose traditional blades which can be used as a yanagi (fish slicer) or an usuba (vegetable) knife. The kiritsuke is an attractive knife featuring a sword-shaped tip and flat belly. In Japan the kiritsuke is reserved for use by highly skilled executive chefs only.
Kitaoka-san has been making high end Japanese knives for over 30 years. This particular line of knives have a cutting edge which is formed from Hitachi white paper #1 a high-carbon steel known for its hardness and superior edge retention. He forges these knives to 63-64 HRC. A 12-layer cladding of softer carbon steel is applied resulting in Suminagashi finish that adds to the beauty and strength of the blade. Kiritsuke knives are traditionally sharpened on one side only, with the reverse side featuring a slight concave profile. This geometry is suitable for right-handed users only.
The use of high carbon steel necessitates care with maintenance and drying of the knife after use to prevent corrosion or discoloration. The beautiful sword-like blade is complemented by a traditional octagonal handle made from rosewood and black pakka wood for the ferrule. This is a wonderful multi-purpose knife, but one that requires skill to extract the full potential.
Weight: 4.8 ounces
Blade Length: 200 mm (7.9")
Overall Length: 341 mm (13.4")
Thickness at Heel: 3.5 mm
Blade Height: 36.4 mm
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