Hitohira Tanaka Kyuzo Blue #1 Migaki Gyuto 240mm Ziricote Handle (Extra Height)
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. It is also very easy to sharpen by hand and a great choice for first time sharpeners of carbon steel knives. “Migaki” refers to the polished finish on the hira (face/flat) of the knife, a finish traditionally preferred in fine dining establishments for its elegance. 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.
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: Tanaka Blacksmith 田中刃物製作所
Producing Area: Sakai-Osaka/ Japan
Steel: Yasuki Blue (Aogami) #1, Soft Iron Clad
Handle: Ziricote & Buffalo Horn Ferrule Octagonal
Total Length: 393mm
Edge Length: 233mm
Handle to Tip Length: 248mm
Blade Height: 57mm
Handle Length: 146mm
Hand Orientation: Ambidextrous
Handle Maker: Taihei