Hitohira Tanaka Kyuzo Blue #1 Kurouchi Petty 165mm Yakusugi Cedar Handle
Yoshikazu Tanaka-san is a blacksmith from Sakai renown for his mastery of carbon steel knife forging. In particular, he is known for his Blue #1 steel, which has the high hardness point without the accompanying difficulty in sharpening, according to professional sharpeners working with his blades in Sakai. Tosho fans may already know of Tanaka-san’s work from Konosuke’s coveted Fujiyama series. Despite Tanaka-san’s advanced age and propensity to work with iron cladded knives, he still challenges himself by experimenting with new materials.
Kyuzo is the pseudonym for a sharpener from Sakai city lauded for his wide bevel (“Shinogi-style”) sharpening technique on double bevel knives. A trademark of Kyuzo’s ability is to shape blades to a very thin edge while maintaining straightness and even primary bevel (“Shinogi”) line. Today, he is amongst the few craftsmen in Sakai who can execute such a precise wide bevel grind, one of the most challenging techniques in sharpening.
The Tanaka Kyuzo Blue #1 line is ideal for serious cooks and enthusiasts looking to invest in a high performance carbon steel blade with excellent edge retention. For those concerned about rust prevention, the patina-masking kurouchi finish will help in preserving the aesthetic integrity of your blade. In addition, it is relatively easy to sharpen by hand despite its high hardness and thus, a great choice for first time users of carbon steel knives. It is important to note that the super thin edge requires a delicate hand when using, it can chip if not used with the utmost care and respect.
*Due to the process necessary to achieve this kurouchi finish, an odor may occur when the blade comes in contact with water. This is a completely normal characteristic of this knife. Just like the color of the kurouchi finish, this odor will fade with repeated cleaning and use.
A petty (utility) knife probably gets used most often after your all-purpose knives. It can be used to cut small fruits, vegetables, and even some smaller cuts of meats (and many many more things, like cutting through plastic wrapping from a grocery trip!) If you have one, for a quick meal for two, you may just get it done without a chef's knife.
Brand: Hitohira ひとひら
Blacksmith: Tanaka Blacksmith 田中刃物製作所
Producing Area: Sakai-Osaka/ Japan
Steel: Yasuki Blue (Aogami) #1, Soft Iron Clad
Handle: Yakusugi Cedar & Buffalo Horn Ferrule Octagonal
Total Length: 298mm
Edge Length: 158mm
Handle to Tip Length: 167mm
Blade Height: 40mm
Handle Length: 128mm
Hand Orientation: Ambidextrous