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Matsubara White #1 Cleaver 210mm
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Matsubara White #1 Cleaver 210mm Matsubara White #1 Cleaver 210mmMatsubara White #1 Cleaver 210mmMatsubara White #1 Cleaver 210mm

Matsubara White #1 Cleaver 210mm

Item #: MS1-C21W
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The Matsubara White #1 Cleaver is a fine example of a traditional cleaver, the Japanese version of the European chef knife. It is hand-forged by 4th generation master bladesmith Katsuto Tanaka who was born in Matsubara in 1962. He is the fourth president of Tanaka Kama Kogyo, Blacksmith.

Tanaka-san hammer forges his blades from Hitachi White Paper #1, a very pure carbon alloy renowned for it hardness and ability to take and hold a sharp edge. This knife is hardened to 63-64 HRC which is at the upper end of hardness for this steel. The core (hagane) is then covered in a layer of softer carbon steel to add strength and protection. This layer is finished in a kurouchi style of blacksmith carbon which further protects the blade and aids in food release. It also endows the knife with a very nice rustic appearance. A lovely hand engraved motif further adds to the fine aesthetic of the knife.



The Matsubara White #1 Cleaver measures 215mm in blade length and has a thicker than average spine measuring just over 3.4mm at the base. It also boasts a taller than average blade height of 85.9mm which makes it a great choice for people with larger hands and those seeking more finger to board clearance. The double sided grind features a very well finished symmetrical edge bevel. This is a wonderful example of a classic cleaver. A knife that should occupy a spot on the shopping list of anyone seeking a medium sized and modestly priced kitchen knife capable of handling most cutting tasks.

  • Brand: Matsubara
  • Blacksmith: Tanaka San
  • Location: Nagasaki Japan
  • Construction: Hammer Forged, San Mai
  • Cladding: Soft Iron
  • Weight: 11.1oz/ 314g
  • Blade Length: 215 mm
  • Overall Length: 366 mm
  • Spine Thickness at Heel: 3.4mm
  • Blade Height at Heel: 85.9mm
  • Handle Type: Walnut Octagonal
  • Please note, Mr. Tanaka puts a notch in the tang and this is done on purpose and is not an installation mistake.

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