The Kikuichi Swedish Warikomi Damascus knives are made from a core of AEB-L stainless steel which has a cladding of 22 layers of nickel and stainless steel applied to both sides. AEB-L was originally developed for the razor blade industry, as it has the ability to take a very fine edge. The alloy also boasts high corrosion resistance with medium-range wear resistance. An added bonus is that it is very easy to sharpen.
The phrase “beauty is only skin deep” does not apply to this great looking and performing sujihiki. At 240mm long it occupies the shorter end of the sujihiki scale, so it’s a perfect choice for users with limited board space. However, it is long enough for single-slice cuts to be performed on most ingredients. This is particularly important with fresh fish. Fewer slices equal less cellular damage and a cleaner looking cut. These also make great sushi knives for those not wanting the singular nature of the yanagiba blade. Of course, the double bevel means they are good for both left- and right-handed users.
The picture is perfected with the addition of a beautifully crafted octagonal handle made from rosewood and black pakka wood.