Petty knives are Japanese versions of kitchen utility knives. They can vary significantly in both profile and size, running anywhere from 75mm to 210mm in length. As they are similar to the common western version of the knife, they are adept at many small and detailed cutting tasks. Petty knives are also a great tool for preparing garnishes and other artistic cutting operations. The Enjin SRK8 Tall Petty 120mm is designed with a slightly taller profile for extra finger-to-board clearance.
This pretty petty is the perfect choice for in-hand cutting and getting into tight spaces and around obstacles. It also works well as an herb chopper. The short blade adds rigidity and stiffness resulting in a quick, easy to control implement.
Blacksmith Kyoshi Shindo makes these knives out of a steel known as SRK8. This interesting alloy is not used a lot in the industry but that may change as people get to appreciate its qualities. Similar to Hitachi White #2, this steel can take and hold a really nice edge. It is slightly tougher than White #2 with the addition of small amounts of chrome and nickel.
A good-looking burnt oak wood handle with an urushi finish completes this very nice (and nicely priced) package.
Blacksmith: Kyoshi Shindo
Location: Kami City, Kochi Prefecture, Japan
Construction: San Mai, Hammer Forged
Edge Steel: SRK8 Carbon Steel
Cladding: Soft Iron
Finish: Kurouchi/Sand Blast/Polished
Edge Grind: Even
HRC: 63 +-
Handle: Oak Octagonal Burnt Finish
Weight: 4.0 oz (114 g)
Edge Length: 129 mm
Total Length: 264 mm
Spine Thickness at Heel: 4.9 mm
Blade Height at Heel: 40.3 mm