The Fugen line of knives are made for us by Yoshimitsu Hamono, a small blacksmith shop run by 5 brothers and located in Nagasaki, Japan. We have tasked them with producing a well-made and designed line of knives that can compete with many other brands, but at a much lower price point.
By utilizing Hitachi White Paper #1 steel and a soft iron cladding, they are able to manufacture a fine blade that is capable of pleasing both home cooks and line and sous chefs in a professional environment, all at an entry level price. The iron cladding is finished with a kurouchi covering which reduces manufacturing cost while providing additional protection to the blade.
At 150mm long and 35mm tall, this is a very typical petty sized blade. As such it is able to be used effectively in many tasks including basic small vegetable and herb processing as well as garnish preparations.
The classic looks of the blade are matched to a very traditional oval handle made from ho wood and a black plastic ferrule. The Fugen White #1 Petty 150mm represents a wonderful entry point into the world of Japanese cutlery by being both easy to maintain, quick to sharpen, and robust in use.
Knife Brand: Fugen
Location: Nagasaki Japan
Construction: Hammer Forged, San Mai
Cladding: Soft Iron
Edge Steel: White #1
Edge Grind: Even (See choil shot)
Knife Type: Petty
Edge Length: 150mm
Spine Thickness: 2.5mm
Handle: Ho Wood Oval
Ferrule: Black Plastic
5Nice petty with traditional feel, February 24, 2021
Posted By: Matt Freeman
I wanted a modestly priced petty and what arrived fills the bill nicely, simple and well made, and the kurouchi finish helps give it that traditional look and feel you want in a handmade Japanese knife. As a relatively new Japanes knife nut I'm not really ready for a pricey work of art I'd be scared to sharpen or chop an onion with. And it arrives plenty sharp out of the box, if that matters. What matters more to me is it simply has that handmade quality you can't reproduce in a factory.
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