The Moritaka Supreme 210mm Kiritsuke is another instance where the maker has applied 50/50 geometry to a traditional Japanese pattern in order to heighten versatility and ease of use, and create an ambidextrous profile. Kiritsukes may lack some of the versatility of a gyuto
, but the sword tip certainly makes up for some of that and how prodigious this pattern is for push and pull cutting make it a favorite addition to many cooks’ blocks. If you are interested in the pattern, but have limited board space, this knife is a particularly good selection as there are relatively few kiritsukes that come in below 240 mm.
The core steel in the Moritaka Supreme line is a wonderfully treated Aogami Super
which takes and holds a wicked edge. This high end carbon steel is clad with softer iron and produced with a rustic kurouchi finish. While still reactive, this finish aids in corrosion resistance. Hand-forging blades for over 700 years, Moritaka Hamono offers some of the more unique knives on our site at an incredible value given the performance, fit and finish, premium steel, and handmade nature of the knives.The video on the page is not current. The photos are current.
Blacksmith: Moritaka Hamono
Location: Yatsushiro Japan
Construction: San Mai, Hammer Forged
Edge Steel: Aogami Super Steel
Cladding: Soft Iron
Tang: Stainless Steel
Edge Grind: Even: See Choil Photo
Handle: Ho Wood Octagonal
Ferrule: Buffalo Horn
Edge Length: 210mm
Thickness at Spine: 3.1mm