For over 30 years, Hideo Kitaoka has been making high-end Japanese knives from his small shop in Takefu Village, Echizen, in Fukui Prefecture. He is especially known for his beautiful and artistic use of the Suminagashi (Damascus) cladding technique. Damascus cladding is popular across the entire knife world and the leading protagonists are revered for their abilities to forge these multi-layer pieces of steel into true masterpieces of form and function.
The Kitaoka Black Damascus series of knives is new to the CKTG store. Kitaoka-san has made these blades from the ever-popular stainless steel, VG-10. This is undoubtedly the most used stainless alloy in the world of Japanese kitchen knives. It is utilized by the biggest makers in Japan to the extent that it is becoming increasingly hard to source from the primary manufacturer.
This is a shorter yanagiba at just 228m in length. Although these knives customarily go up to and even beyond 330mm, this is the perfect size for most home chefs and those working in restricted spaces. It is of course single bevel, so of use only to right-handed users.
The stunning nickel clad blade is coupled to a very well made octagonal handle made from rosewood and black pakka wood. A great look in all respect, and a great knife to match those looks.
Blacksmith: Kitaoka San
Location: Echizen, Japan
Construction: Hammer Forged, Traditional Single Bevel
Edge Steel: VG-10 Stainless Steel
Cladding: Nickel Damascus
Edge Grind: Single Bevel Right Handed
Handle: Rosewood Octagonal
Ferrule: Black Pakka Wood
Edge Length: 228mm
I just feel compelled to tell you that yours is the most ridiculously informative site of this nature I have ever come across.
Mark is great at answering questions for knife nuts of all levels. His service is second to none. Really appreciate the time he puts into every email as well as the free forum he hosts.
Great experience working with Chef Knives to Go. Quick delivery, and they are great about returning emails. I'm actually waiting on my second knife from them. I'm sure there will be more to come.
Very grateful such a dedicated and informative group of people provide excellent steel at competitive prices with superior customer service! A million thank yous!
Great service and quick shipping. Best selection of Japanese knives around. I recommend this site to all of my fellow culinary professionals!
Always the best. Quick shipping, description matches what is delivered and the price, you can't beat them. I always come here to order anything I might need for the kitchen and I am never disappointed.
My go to company for kitchen gear. Awesome selection of knives and tools. Super fast shipping. Never had a problem and questions about all products are answered quickly. Great customer service.