Hitohira Tanaka Kyuzo Blue #1 Damascus Gyuto 240mm Ebony with Silver Spacer 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.
This blade is ideal for serious cooks and enthusiasts who are looking to add an impressive centerpiece to their collection without compromising on performance. The excellent cutting performance combined with a long lasting edge makes it a joy to own and use. For those looking for a challenging polishing project, look no further. Tanaka’s excellent forging combined with Kyuzo’s consistent sharpening makes this blade ideal for honing your polishing skills as well. 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: Ebony & Buffalo Horn Ferrule Octagonal
Total Length: 386mm
Edge Length: 233mm
Handle to Tip Length: 247mm
Blade Height: 51mm
Handle Length: 140mm
Hand Orientation: Ambidextrous