Takeda NAS Kiritsuke 210mm Maple Handle (Small)
*Please note that Takeda's knives vary from knife to knife, making each blade unique. There may be some slight variations from the photo presented here.
Shosui Takeda is a third-generation blacksmith from Niimi, Okayama. His pursuit to improve with each knife he makes is evident in every blade. He and his two workers have been making the same style of kitchen knives for decades. Takeda san has worked to perfect one of the most challenging steels for a blacksmith to forge. Hitachi Blue Super steel boasts one of the best edge retentions of any steel, it is also very difficult to work with. Takeda is regarded as one of the few knife-makers to master this material, and yet he continues to improve.
A kiritsuke-gyuto is a chef's knife with a slanted tip from a traditional single-sided blade called a kiritsuke. It is essentially a chef's knife with a twist. It serves the same function as an all-purpose knife, and although some swear that the accentuated tip makes it easier to execute fine cuts, we find that the k-tip mostly offers aesthetic power boost (rough guess 50%).
Brand: Takeda 武田刃物
Blacksmith: Shosui Takeda 武田 松水
Producing Area: Niimi-Okayama/ Japan
Profile: Kiritsuke Gyuto
Steel Type: Carbon Steel
Steel: Blue (Aogami) Super, Soft Stainless Clad
Handle: Maple & Pakka Ferrule Octagonal
Hand Orientation: Ambidextrous