Hitohira Kikuchiyo Yohei Tamame Petty 135mm Ebony wood

Hitohira Kikuchiyo Yohei Tamame Petty 135mm Ebony wood

Brand: Hitohira ひ と ひ ら (一片)
Blacksmith: Kikuchiyo 菊 千代
Production area: Sakai-Osaka / Japan
Profile: Petty
Size: 135mm
Steel type: stainless steel
Steel: VG-10, stainless damascus coating
Handle: Ebony wood and buffalo horn
Total length: 254 mm
Edge length: 120 mm
Length from handle to tip: 132 mm
Blade height: 26 mm
Thickness: 2.6mm
Handle length: 120 mm
Weight: 81g
Hand orientation: ambidextrous
Grinder: Yohei

Neck Manufacturer: Taihei

Kikuchiyo: In the early 2000s, Kikuchiyo was invited by Sakai's master craftsman to join them as a blacksmith. The art of blacksmithing is physical, the harsh working environment of fire and iron weighs heavily on the body, and many of the masters' abilities begin to fade in their forties and fifties. As Kikuchiyo started earlier in life, he acquired most of the knowledge and fine forging and quenching skills, before his physical abilities deteriorated. Kikuchiyo has proactively experimented with new steels that are not generally used by Sakai's blacksmith, steels like stainless steel. His experience and skill has made his Ginsan (Silver 3) knives popular among Japanese chefs, with many saying "If you use Kikuchiyo's Ginsan once, you'll never replace it." Kikuchiyo is also known for its fine Honyaki temper, beautiful Hamon and hardness only achievable by experienced masters who reach the right temperature. His Honyaki is backed by many sharpeners and finishers at Sakai, professionals who know what makes a good kitchen knife. When Kikuchiyo became a blacksmith, he dreamed of succeeding and becoming a great man. He continues to develop his skills as a craftsman, modeling each of his knives in the image of his master's forge.


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