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Akifusa Asai Tezukuri 120mm Wa-Petty/Sm Gyuto Powder Metal Suminagashi

Hand made by 5th generation blacksmith Masami Asai blade is marked Akifusa (the designer/developer of this line of knives) with a sticker on the ferrule which reads tezukuri ‘handmade’. Azai san makes knives in Takefu Japan, a small center of handmade knife making. His work is a prime example of the artistry and precision of fine Japanese knife making, not only are his knives beautiful but they perform exceptionally well.

Called a petty but it also has the geometry and feel of a small gyuto, the width of the blade allows for enough clearance for chopping, great for small veggies (look out shallots!) and fruit and is narrow enough to be a good slicer.

Made with a core of SG2 powder metal hardened to HRC 64-65. This metal is a very tough stainless steel which has been made into a fine powder and then sintered back together giving it a very fine grain structure and homogenous distribution of alloy materials translating into a blade with excellent edge life and a good sharpenability; surprisingly easy for a knife with this kind of edge life. The thin distally tapered blade wedges very little in use and cuts very smoothly.

Literally ‘floating ink’ a Japanese damascus steel made with several types of metal forge welded together creating varying patterns depending on how it is treated. Varying from a simple stacked layer structure to a wild or geometric patterned structure, suminagashi differs from the layered steel created in sword making in that it is not a homogenous metal folded to create the pattern. The artistry involved the forging of suminagashi can be quite impressive.

Handle is a beautiful, dark red hardwood with a resin and pressure treated pakka wood ferrule for added strength.


approx 75 grams 160mm tip to chin 168mm tip to machi 285mm overall 33mm wide at chin
All knives sold by Bernal Cutlery include a free Japanese whetstone sharpening. For knives with a good out of the box sharpness this can either be redeemed at our shop or by mail in with our sharpening coupon and $5 return postage (we are happy to split the difference for return shipping charges). For knives with a less than perfect factory edge the free sharpening can be redeemed before leaving the shop or before shipping. Some vintage and antique knives are left unsharpened and it is not uncommon for new French knives to arrive with a very basic edge from the factory. With either vintage or French knives if you would like your free sharpening please inquire at the time of purchase.

Price : $238.00

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