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Kitaoka Blue #2 Kiritsuke 210mm
Kitaoka Blue #2 Kiritsuke 210mm Kitaoka Blue #2 Kiritsuke 210mmKitaoka Blue #2 Kiritsuke 210mmKitaoka Blue #2 Kiritsuke 210mm
Kitaoka Blue #2 Kiritsuke 210mm Kitaoka Blue #2 Kiritsuke 210mmKitaoka Blue #2 Kiritsuke 210mmKitaoka Blue #2 Kiritsuke 210mm

Kitaoka Blue #2 Kiritsuke 210mm

Item #: KitaokaAO-Kiritsuke210

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There is something about the shape of a kiritsuke that reminds us of a samurai sword. It has a ‘weapon’ look to it. And this knife is certainly a kitchen weapon of the highest order.

Kiritsuke knives are one of the few multipurpose traditional Japanese blades. They can be used as a yanagi for fish slicing, or as an usuba for vegetable cutting. These sword shaped knives feature a straighter edge than a yanagi and a longer blade than an usuba. In Japan the chef must be highly skilled with traditional Japanese knives in order to master this unique design correctly. In fact tradition has it that these knives are used only by the executive chefs as a symbol of status and due to its difficulty in use.

The Kitaoka 210mm Kiritsuke is made from the popular Hitachi Blue Paper #2 alloy with a soft iron jigane covering the front and spine. It is a single bevel knife and the core steel is hardened to 62-63 HRC. The back of the blade has a mild concave grind to aid in food release. The blade is very reactive so you must keep it completely dry between uses and wipe it down regularly if cutting acidic foods. The knife is intended for right-handed users only.

Comes with a nice rosewood octagonal handle. Please note Kitaoka installs the machi on his knives with a gap that is called Tokyo Style. It's not a flaw it's an aesthetic choice based on a traditional way of installing the handles. See photo #4 for a visual.

  • Maker: Kitaoka
  • Type: Kiritsuke
  • Steel: Blue #2
  • HRC: 62-63
  • Handle: Rosewood Octagonal
  • Ferrule: Black Pakkawood
  • Finish: Satin
  • 35.9mm Tall
  • 202mm Long
  • 3.1mm Thick
  • Weight: 4.3 Oz
  • Handle Install: Exposed Machi see photo 4
  • Customer Reviews

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    5  Beautifull Knife super sharp , December 20, 2016
    Posted By: Luis Mercado - verified customer

    love it!!

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    5  great knife , August 9, 2016
    Posted By: j hinkson - verified customer
    3 people found this review helpful

    really like this knife. nice edge out of the box, good weight, nice balance. very happy with the purchase so far

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    5  Sushi Machine, September 10, 2015
    Posted By: Brett
    3 people found this review helpful

    Love this knife for thin slicing fish. I'm impressed at how well this knife performs for the price. Thanks!

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    3  Product Review, January 14, 2014
    Posted By: Daniel Davila - verified customer
    3 people found this review helpful

    Service was great as usual and the knife was wicked sharp OOTB...
    I would say that this knife was a pretty good buy. still worth the money.


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