Sakai Kikumori ‘Choyo’ 180mm Kiritsuke Santoku. Double bevel shirogami #2 core with mirror polish iron cladding. Octagonal magnolia wood and water buffalo ferrule handle. Comes with saya.
The double bevel knives from this series cut nearly effortlessly but still have an authoritative solid feel. However, these knives are ground very thin behind the edge and will not tolerate mistreatment.
Shirogami #2 is very responsive to sharpening stones, taking an extremely fine but biting edge easily. It is a highly reactive carbon steel.
Choyo series knives represent some of the best of Sakai’s knife making. They are made by craftspeople who are highly respected for preserving demanding traditional techniques while contributing their own refinements and creativity to the trade.
Choyo Shirogami 2 knives are forged by Tanaka Hamono. Tanaka-san’s top level forging and heat treatments make for unusually easy sharpening, superb edge life and toughness.
Choyo grinder and polisher is Morihiro Hamono. Morihiro-san's grinding is superb; he pioneered this low kiriba grind on wa-gyuto. The characteristic result of this grinding and polishing are the even, wide bevels, chamfered spine and brilliant mirror polish.
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.
Brand: Sakai Kikumori
Smith: Tanaka Hamono
Producing Area: Sakai
Steel Type: Iron Clad Carbon Core
Steel: Shirogami 2
Handle: Magnolia Wood with Water Buffalo Horn Ferrule
Total Length: 314mm
Edge Length: 165mm
Handle to Tip Length: 184mm
Blade Height: 45mm
Handle Length: 128mm
Hand Orientation: Ambidextrous
Sharpener: Morihiro Hamono
*Actual weights and measurements may vary piece to piece
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