Sakai Kikumori 'Kikuzuki Kasumi’ 270mm Yanagi. Single bevel shirogami #2 core blade with iron cladding. Octagonal magnolia wood and water buffalo ferrule handle. Comes with saya.
These have a light blade with a thin, low beveled kireba so the yanagis — that usually rely on weight to help propel a pull cut — slice just as easily as heavier ones.
Kikuzuki series knives represent some of the best of Sakai’s knife making. Made by craftspeople who are well respected for preserving demanding traditional techniques, they also contribute their own refinements and creativity to the craft.
Kikuzuki Uzu and Kasumi blacksmiths are from Tanaka Hamono. Tanaka-san’s top level forging and heat treatments make for an unusual ease of sharpening and superb edge life and toughness.
Sakai Kikumori was started in 1926 and draws on Sakai's 600 year history as the major center of traditional Japanese cutlery manufacturing. They work with a large variety of Sakai's best smiths, sharpeners and small factories to offer a wide variety of knives ranging from traditional to modern.
This knife has a hard carbon steel core with iron cladding for added durability. The entire blade will develop a patina with use, and especially so with acidic foods. Special attention is needed to keep from rusting. Hand wash and dry before storing. Do not leave wet and do not use a dishwasher. Rust can be removed with a light abrasive.
Hardwood-end grain or softwood long grain cutting boards are preferred. Avoid bamboo and plastic cutting boards.
|Steel Type||Shirogami 1|
|Handle Material||Octagon magnolia wood & water buffalo ferrule|
|Height at Heel||34mm|
|Cutting Edge Length||260mm|
*Actual weights and measurements may vary piece to piece
These knives come from the maker with lacquer on the blade for corrosion protection during shipping. It can be removed using acetone or lacquer thinner (follow manufacturers instructions for use).
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