Hitohira Kikuchiyo Mosuke Silver #3 Yanagi Sakimaru 330mm Ebony Handle (Extra Curved)
*Curved tip is left unsharpened as intended
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.
This blade is ideal for both initiates and seasoned single bevel knife users who want to experience the performance of carbon steel without the full burden of rust management. Initiates of single bevel knives will enjoy the more forgiving nature of the stainless construction of Silver #3 steel compared to a blade with a reactive iron cladding. Seasoned single bevel knife owners will also find it to be a worthy addition to their arsenal, particularly if they work in a busy kitchen with high volumes of fish to process where breaks to clean your knife are limited.
A Sakimaru Takobiki is similar to a Takobiki, however the main difference is the tip shape ("Kissaki", meaning tip and "maru" meaning curved). It is a traditional Japanese octopus slicing blade that is single-sided/beveled and is recognized for it's very flat profile. These slicers may not be as versatile as its double-sided cousin, Sujihiki, but when it comes to pure slicing tasks of boneless protein (not just fish), a well-sharpened Sakimaru Takobiki is unmatched in performance. It is a great addition for any cooks looking to prepare traditional Japanese style dishes.
Brand: Hitohira ひとひら
Blacksmith: Kikuchiyo 菊千代
Producing Area: Sakai-Osaka/ Japan
Profile: Yanagi Sakimaru
Steel: Yasuki Silver #3 (Ginsan), Soft Stainless Clad
Handle: Taihei Ebony & Buffalo Horn Ferrule Octagonal
Total Length: 490mm
Edge Length: 323mm
Handle to Tip Length: 357mm
Blade Height: 36mm
Handle Length: 153mm
Hand Orientation: Right-Handed
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