Sukenari ZDP189 Damascus Petty 160mm. Whether itís creating some outstanding Damascus work or employing the incredibly difficult honyaki process, Sukenariís blacksmiths have impressed us with their consummate skills and artisanship.
These knives are good lookers and equally impressive performers, constructed from ZDP189, one of the hardest alloys used in the making of kitchen knives. Because of this inherent hardness (in this case, 65-66 HRC), this Powdered Metallurgy steel can be ground much thinner than other steels. It also holds that sharpness much longer than most others.
The inner core of ZDP189 is clad with softer stainless steel. The addition of this steel makes these knives easy to maintain. Professional chefs will appreciate these attributes as they will be able to complete an extended work session without the need to clean or sharpen the blade regularly.
The blade face has a fine mirror-polished Damascus that has a stunning look. These matches perfectly with the rosewood octagonal handle with buffalo horn ferrule. Add in the x-factor that is Sukenari, and you have a knife that can be your daily go-to, your show knife, or your prized heirloom. One of our very favorite knife makers and one of our favorite knives.
Company Name: Sukenari
Blacksmith: Hanake-san, Second Generation
Edge Steel: ZDP-189
Finish: Damascus Stainless
Edge Grind: Even
Handle: Rosewood Octagonal with Buffalo Horn Ferrule
Weight: 2.9 oz (84 g)
Blade Length: 167 mm
Total Length: 300 mm
Spine Thickness at Base: 2.3 mm
Blade Height at Heel: 30.1 mm