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.
Reactivity was a real pain at first, but is now a non issue. Really hard Aogami Super steel sharpens pretty well, and will take a ridiculously steep bevel like it's nothing. This knife has seen a lot of line use. Great for herbs, soft veg on the fly, garlic, slicing cooked proteins or charcuterie, and absolutely assassinates onions. The grind make it really easy to maintain the blade and keep it very thin. I appreciate not having to spend a ton of time on the stones. Very easy to thin an iron clad knife as well, easier to remove than stainless by a mile. You can get a lot of utility out of this blade because it is very flat. Great for a pro who is ok with reactive carbon and needs something compact, light and nimble. Do not let your coworkers use it, it will be returned to you rusty and chipped.
This blade will take an edge of exceptional sharpness and it keeps it so well. Good out of the box, but take some time with your stones and stropping and it is absolutely wicked, I am so impressed, this is my new favorite knife, hands down the best blade I have. So well balanced, it's nimble on the board, the tip is so useful, the profile, a push cutters idea of perfection. I cannot recommend this knife highly enough, it is superb.
I don't usually prefer 8 knives this short unless it's for slicing meats but it was too amazing to pass up. Just got this knife in the mail with a custom handle. The handle install was really nice and my knife is flatter than the one in the demo and I was very excited about that. Beautiful knife, reasonably sharp out of the box. My only wish is that I had a saya to fit it with
I've never used a kiritsuke before, but I love the shape! This is my go-to knife on service, and it's a right workhorse! It was super sharp OOTB, I ran it over a 800 grit stone after a week of near constant use [just a routine of mine rather than it needing it] and it's actually sharper than what I thought sharp was. It's a very good buy and would recommend it to anyone.
Great knife! Laser thin, but retains a solid feel. The Aogami Super Steel gets shave-ready sharp and holds that edge for a while. If you're looking for a kiritsuke, consider this beautiful, functional option. It's well worth it. .
I picked this knife up not knowing what to expect having had no experience with a Kiritsuke. I love it. It takes little to put a ridiculous edge on it. It holds the edge very well. Fit and finish are both very nice as I have come to expect. The tip on this knife is exceptionally thin and sharp. My favorite things to do with this knife so far are slicing steak and brunoise of just about anything. Great Knife!
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