Hiroshi Kato has over 50 years of experience on display in this attractive, handmade 120mm petty knife. The knife is loaded with personality thanks to its nashiji (pear skin) finish and a high level of fit and finish. Edge taking is outstanding with a Hitachi Shirogami #2 carbon steel core. While upkeep is a breeze thanks to the knife’s stainless steel cladding, the exposed core steel will darken in color with normal use. As with all handcrafted knives, these knives may vary from the posted specifications.
This was my first carbon knife that I did a lot of research on - I was concerned about forming a patina and any possible reactions between the foods I prepare. I can happily say that the reaction of this knife was much more milder than I anticipated and was actually a good learning experience on how to properly care for a knife. This knife gets really sharp and has enough heal length to do some small chopping tasks. Its a great knife and I would purchase it again. Dont be afraid of carbon steel.