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Hitohira Kikuchiyo Ren White #2 Gyuto 210mm Ho Wood Handle

$190.00

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.

Manzo is the pseudonym for a sharpener hailing from Sakai, a city known for its prestigious sharpeners of single bevel knives. He was trained under the sole sharpener for a legendary bladesmith who produced some of the rarest and most illustrious Honyaki blades. Manzo’s consistent ura sharpening embodies the hallmark of what constitutes a great single bevel knife. His blades feel more heavy on the balance than, say, our Togashi Tachi line. 

White #3 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 Manzo White #3.

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
Profile: Gyuto
Size: 210mm
Steel: Yasuki White (Shirogami) #2, Soft Iron Clad
Handle: Ho Wood & Buffalo Horn Ferrule Octagonal
Total Length: 355mm
Edge Length: 198mm
Handle to Tip Length: 212mm
Blade Height: 48mm
Thickness: 2.6mm
Handle Length: 140mm
Weight: 156g
Hand Orientation: Ambidextrous

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