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Yusaku Blue #2 Kiri Cleaver 180mm
Yusaku Blue #2 Kiri Cleaver 180mm Yusaku Blue #2 Kiri Cleaver 180mmYusaku Blue #2 Kiri Cleaver 180mmYusaku Blue #2 Kiri Cleaver 180mm
Yusaku Blue #2 Kiri Cleaver 180mm Yusaku Blue #2 Kiri Cleaver 180mmYusaku Blue #2 Kiri Cleaver 180mmYusaku Blue #2 Kiri Cleaver 180mm

Yusaku Blue #2 Kiri Cleaver 180mm

Item #: C2756

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Yusaku Blue #2 Kiri Cleaver is basically a tall nakiri with a tip in the style of a kiritsuke. It's made by a young up-and-coming blacksmith we have recently discovered. His name is Kousuke Muneishi and he is a 3rd generation blacksmith heralding from Tosa. His grandfather started the Muneishi Cutlery Mfg company in 1955 to produce farming and forestry tools. His father took over management of the business and continues making these specialized cutting tools using mainly Aogami #2 steel.

Now grandson Kousuke has begun making kitchen cutlery to expand the family business and add to his blademaking skills. We are very impressed with his efforts and have high hopes of a long relationship with this talented young man.

We have named these knives Yusaku and the kanji on the blade reflects this branding. The last character is pronounced Yu, but also can be pronounced as Suke when used in a name. The first kanji is Saku and it means work. So Yu-Saku means the work (or produced by) of Kousuke!

This offering is made especially for CKTG made from Blue #2 steel that is laminated with a soft iron. He uses the san-mai method and leaves the forgerís scale (kurouchi) on the blade face. The grind is very well realized and quite sophisticated. It is thin behind the edge and has a nice profile.

  • Blacksmith: Kousuke Muneishi
  • Location: Tosa Japan
  • Construction: San Mai / Hammer Forged
  • Edge Steel: Blue #2
  • Cladding: Soft Iron
  • Finish: Kurouchi
  • Edge Grind: Even (See Choil Shot)
  • Weight: 9.5 ounces / 270g
  • Blade Length: 183 mm
  • Total Length: 335 mm
  • Spine Thickness at Base: 3.2 mm
  • Blade Height: 71 mm
  • Handle: Walnut Octagonal
  • Customer Reviews

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    2  Disappointing for this price range., June 6, 2020
    Posted By: Shachar

    I was looking for a decent, slightly on the heavy side (compared to my other knives) cleaver, mainly for vegetables, but one that I wouldn't hesitate to cut winter squash etc.
    This looked like a good candidate. Unfortunately, this knife struggled with soft veggies, and wedged and cracked carrots.
    Also, arrived with one tiny chip (easily fixed), and a sizable blob of epoxy on the blade itself, probably dripped on the blade when fixing the handle. Quite disappointing for the price range.


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