The Kanehide Bessaku Sujihiki
270mm is an unusual knife in many respects. Foremost among those is its amazing value coupled to its outstanding levels of construction and fit and finish.
The blade is made from a proprietary semi-stainless steel which Kanehide calls TK steel. This very interesting alloy is a bit like stainless with a bit of carbon, so it takes and holds a nice edge while being really easy to sharpen. Meanwhile as it is semi-stainless the normal maintenance routine associated with high carbon blades is reduced quite substantially. The knife is a mono steel construction and the steel is hardened to 60-61 HRC.
Although Kanehide calls this a sujihiki
, that name is usually associated with a double bevel design. This knife is ground on one side only, so could be regarded as a yanagiba
more than the normal sujihiki style slicer. Because of this it is necessary to specify whether you are a right- or left-handed user in the options drop-down menu.
The blade has a lovely profile and the edge is well ground. Fit and finish are quite outstanding given its price point. So if you are looking for a versatile slicer that is easy to maintain and is easy on the pocket, you need look no further!
Weight: 5.7 ounces
Blade Length: 270 mm
Overall Length: 390 mm
Spine Thickness at Base: 2.2 mm
Blade Height: 38.5 mm