Running a scant 120mm blade length, the Fugen White #1 petty is the knife you will reach for whenever you need to pare or process smaller vegetables. At the same time, it is a great choice to get into those tight places in a piece of meat or poultry.
It is made with the ever-popular Shirogami, or White, #1 steel which has been clad with a soft iron layer. This cladding, also known as jigane, is finished with a traditional rustic kurouchi covering. This entails leaving the carbon on the blade face, which is the result of the heat-treating process. The black patina is great looking and aids in resisting rust. Shirogami #1 steel is well-liked for its ease of sharpening and the ability to take a really good edge. It will dull slightly faster than a Blue #1 steel, but the price-to-performance trade is well worth it. The blade is ground with an even 50/50 profile.
The classic looks of the blade are matched to a very nice upgraded octagonal handle made of oak with a burnt Urushi finish.
Knife Brand: Fugen
Location: Nagasaki, Japan
Construction: Hammer Forged, San Mai
Cladding: Soft Iron
Edge Steel: White #1
Edge Grind: Even (see choil shot)
Weight: 2.8 oz/ 78g
Blade Length: 127 mm
Overall Length: 254 mm
Spine Thickness at Heel: 2.6 mm
Blade Height at Heel: 37.9 mm
Handle: Oak Octagonal with Burnt Urushi Finish