Hitohira Kikuchiyo Ren White #2 Gyuto 240mm Ho Wood Handle
A renowned smith from Sakai-city, Kikuchiyo (a pseudonym) apprenticed for over two decades before taking over the master’s forge upon his retirement a few years ago. One of the most impressive traits of his working style is that he is not only fast in production but he is also one of the few remaining smiths in Sakai that can forge Honyaki blades, a technique of forging that yields knives with beautiful Hamon lines and exquisite hardness.
Ren is a pseudonym for the grandson of Morihiro-san, a sharpener highly respected in Sakai for his quality sharpening consistency for both double and single bevel knives. Being a third generation sharpener in his late teens who only began training a few years ago, blades done by Ren reflect his experience level in their price points. As a result, his knives are ideal for those looking for excellently forged carbon steel blades at an extremely reasonable price point. Hobbyist sharpeners looking for a knife to practice polishing and initiates of carbon steel knives will also enjoy owning a Kikuchiyo Ren blade. We carry both White #2 and Blue #2 steels in this line.
White #2 is a high quality carbon steel that will take a very refined edge with less effort and time than other carbon steels (i.e. will take less than other carbon steels from the same smith and sharpener duo). It is also very reasonably priced for a carbon steel knife. Initiates and experienced users of carbon steel single bevel knives who prefer a heavier feeling knife in the hand need to look no further than the Kikuchiyo Ren White #2.
A chef's knife ('Gyuto' in Japanese) is the most versatile blade that can handle almost anything in the kitchen. Their shape and often generous edge length mean that whether it's cutting small tomatoes or portioning a large roast, you can do it with one blade. Most cooks have multiple chef's knives and it is not hard to justify getting one more when it has so much utility.
Brand: Hitohira ひとひら
Blacksmith: Kikuchiyo 菊千代
Producing Area: Sakai-Osaka/ Japan
Steel: Yasuki White (Shirogami) #2, Soft Iron Clad
Handle: Ho Wood & Buffalo Horn Ferrule Octagonal
Total Length: 388mm
Edge Length: 228mm
Handle to Tip Length: 242mm
Blade Height: 48mm
Handle Length: 144mm
Hand Orientation: Ambidextrous