Half Twist Suminagashi Chef's Knife - Nakiri - 6-1/2 in. (165mm)
Product Description for Half Twist Suminagashi Chef's Knife - Nakiri - 6-1/2 in. (165mm)
Maker: Tsukasa Hinoura (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 94120
Blade length: 7.20 in.
Cutting edge length: 6.25 in.
Total length: 12.20 in.
Blade height (at heel): 2.10 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.10 in.
Item weight: 5.04 oz.
Shipment weight: 10.72 oz.
Blade: Shirogami #2 carbon steel hagane (core) wrapped and layer forged with wrought iron damascus in a slow half twist
Bolster: Front and rear buffalo horn
Handle: Enju wood
Sheath: Accompanied by kiriwood presentation box
Description: The nakiri usuba is a traditional Japanese knife form ideal for chopping fruit and vegetables. The edge is double beveled, like a Western knife. Though sometimes called a vegetable cleaver, the thin edge geometry makes it a precision tool, rather than a Japanese equivalent to meat cleavers.
Tsukasa Hinoura is a third generation bladesmith from Sanjo in Niigata prefecture, Japan. He is a third generation knife maker with an impressive 31 years of forging experience. He inherited his family's trade name "Ajigataya," but is also creating his original knives under his "Tsukasa" brand. Since the age of 22, Hinoura has continued his pursuit for the absolute highest quality of craftsmanship, earning him praise even from other famed Japanese makers. The dedication to his art is personified by the beautiful flowing pattern of his twisted damascus in the blades.
Unlike many bladesmiths, Hinoura-san never uses modern machines and pre-clad steels because he believes a traditional approach creates the highest performance knives. He hand forges the damascus cladding for his knives and water quenches his blades creating blades that his soul and passion.
The exquisite contrast on the Kiriba (blade bevel) leaves a smooth surface to glide through meats and vegetables while the upper portion of the blade is forge finished to help release food while slicing. Both the Mune (spine) and choil are rounded for added comfort and security.
The elegant blade is forged beginning with a Shirogami #2 core (hagane) and wrapped with wrought iron damascus forged in a slow half twist. The half twist is a pattern that Hinoura has become renowned for. It shows tremendous skill and visual impact. The steel is precision forged and tempered to Hrc 63 for a long lasting, keen edge. The blade is distal tapered for optimal balance and has an extremely thin, keen edge for the highest performance. Because the blade is forged from carbon steels, these knives must be dried after use to prevent rust or tarnish. We recommend using camellia oil for easier care.
The handle is made from enju wood with front and rear ferrules made from buffalo horn. The ambidextrous handles are octagonal at the top and rounded at the base, resulting in a comfortable, elegant shape that is pleasing to the eye and hand.
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