The Matsubara White #1 Kiri 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 hand hammers 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 Kiri Cleaver measures 188mm in blade length and has a thicker than average spine measuring just over 3.8mm at the base.
Blacksmith: Tanaka San
Location: Nagasaki Japan
Construction: Hammer Forged, San Mai
Cladding: Soft Iron
Weight: 8.7oz/ 248g
Blade Length: 188mm
Overall Length: 333mm
Spine Thickness at Heel: 3.8mm
Blade Height at Heel: 76.0mm
Handle Type: Rosewood Octagonal
Please note, Mr. Tanaka puts a notch in the tang and this is done on purpose and is not an installation mistake.