We are proud to offer the first knives designed and crafted by Takayuki Shibata of Fukayuma City, Hiroshima. The Shibata Kotetsu line of knives are made using a core of R-2 stainless powder steel covered with an outer layer of a softer stainless alloy. The inner core is hardened to a HRC rating of 62-63. This 2-steel combination is easier to sharpen, keeps its edge longer, and it resists damage better.
This good looking ko-bunka
is a perfect example of the fine grind and extremely well done fit and finish exemplified by the Kotetsu line. These are thin blades designed with a fairly constant spine thickness almost to the tip. And speaking of tips, the unusual pointed tip of all Shibata-sanís knives are inspired by the bow of Japanís first ironclad warship. It has a generous blade height for extra finger clearance. The spine of the knife has a very high mirror polish. This maximizes friction between your fingers and the blade, for better control, comfort, and safety.
The short length of the ko (short) bunka results in a very nimble and quick cutter. The laser grind and superb out of the box edge further emphasize the excellent cutting and slicing abilities of this compact and beautifully finished knife.
If you look at the 4th photo you can see a carrot sliced on the right was cut by a good, but ordinary, kitchen knife.
The slice on the left was cut by a Shibata Kotetsu.
Edge Length: 135mm
Please note the small name change to "Koutetsu" as of 6/11/2021.