This 120mm Ko Bocho, Japanese for “little knife,” is shaped like a mini santoku, and is forged from Aogami #2 or blue paper #2 steel, very highly regarded for its ability to take and hold a steep and refined edge. This is a knife that when used as a supplement to your gyuto creates a very dynamic team capable of just about any food prep you can throw their way. This blade is really quite thick for a knife of this size, and the shape makes it perfect for chopping garlic, shallots, scallions, chocolate, nuts, and tougher dried items like sun-dried tomatoes or ancho chiles.
The blade has a kurouchi finish created during heat treating and helps prevent rust. With a proper edge, this knife also works very well for breaking down poultry, as you would use a honesuki. The tall height of the blade and unique complex grind are perfect for working on the cutting board. Top it off with a rosewood handle and ebony ferrule, and you have a fantastic rustic-looking utility blade that you will reach for very often, and one that you’ll always consider a great value.
This is my new favourite knife. Even at 120mm I'm finding this knife equal to most tasks. The thicker blade and extra weight give it a greater range of possibilities and I find myself reaching for it often. It looks great and it feels solid in the hand. A fantastic knife
I needed a small utility knife and this one, my first ko bocho, is just perfect for my needs: small and nimble enough for paring and finer work but thick enough in the spine and tall enough for boning and chopping. Fit and finish is much nicer than one would expect of a knife at its price point. I opted for the Honbatsuke, or finish sharpening and it arrived razor sharp. Well worth the extra $15. Simply a beautiful little knife. Shipped promptly and quickly. Much praise and thanks to all at Chef Knives To Go!
Very useful with some rustic charm., October 2, 2017
Posted By: Perry - verified customer
I bought this to use where my thinner, 130mm petty, falls short. I wanted some serious spine and some height. Did a little work on the edge and put it to work on some carrots, parsnips, garlic and even filleted a couple of fish. It's a handy tool that i keep close to hand. Great for mincing parsley and dry ingredients like dates too. I find it comfortable to use, i even peel with it ! The steel is great. Fit and finish is fine. I'm happy to have it on the bench. A keeper !
This is my first ko bocho, and my first knife with a kuroichi finish.The balance point is right in front of the choil or ago, so a pinch grip feels great. With this knife, I tend to use a push cut, and because of the belly on the tip, I can use a rocking push cut.It has a nice heft because of the substantial thickness of the blade, which makes it ideal for harder items, such as Japanese potatoes, ginger, kabocha, carrots, etc. But using a pinch grip allows more control and the ability to do delicate work.The thick, rustic spine is great for scraping the peel off of ginger. This thing is really handy! The choil point is very sharp, and I can use it for close work, such as trimming the stems on shiitake mushrooms. I just put the choil point where the stem meets the cap and rotate the shroom.Even though I'm a novice, I find it easy to sharpen, and the edge lasts for one or two weeks.There were a couple minor issues--the knife out of the box had some extraneous metal on the part that I think is called the ago and I had to file it off. The kuroichi finish has come off where my forefinger would be in my pinch grip. I don't know if this is normal or not.
Out of the box finish is pretty nice. Once you put this lil thang on the stone, then it really puts in the work! Recommend this knife if you want to use it as a petty or for breaking down a chicken. The edge will last you for about a week if your housing this in a professional kitchen.
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