Nigara Hamono SG2 Damascus Kiritsuke Gyuto 270mm Wenge Handle
Currently on their 8th generation of blademakers, Nigara Hamono’s storied lineage originated in sword-making during the Edo period. Under the guidance of Mr. Go Yoshizawa, this famous knife house in Hirosaki city is known for their striking Damascus patterns and use of both Aogami carbon and SG2 stainless steel.
Thanks to their creative control over their forging and etching processes, stunning patterns like the ones seen in the SG2 line can be brought to life. Unlike Sakai-made knives, forging and sharpening is also done in-house. Mr. Yoshizawa is never afraid to think out of the box when it comes to designing his knives, with his sources of inspiration ranging from Japanese waterfalls to Andy Warhol paintings.
Thanks to their SG2 stainless steel construction, these blades are fairly low maintenance and sport a long lasting edge. The thin edge lends them excellent cutting performance, but care must be used when cutting as the edge can be prone to chipping. For people who want a kitchen centerpiece that will awe your visitors, look no further than the Nigara Hamono SG2 Damascus line.
A kiritsuke-gyuto is a chef's knife with a slanted tip from a traditional single-sided blade called a kiritsuke. It is essentially a chef's knife with a twist. It serves the same function as an all-purpose knife, and although some swear that the accentuated tip makes it easier to execute fine cuts, we find that the k-tip mostly offers aesthetic power boost (rough guess 50%).
Brand: Nigara Hamono
Blacksmith: Nigara Hamono 二唐刃物鍛造所
Producing Area: Hirosaki / Japan
Profile: Kiritsuke Gyuto
Steel Type: Semi Stainless Steel
Steel: SG2, Soft Stainless Clad
Handle: Wenge & Buffalo Horn Ferrule Octagonal
Total Length: 414mm
Edge Length: 255mm
Handle to Tip Length: 272mm
Blade Height: 52mm
Handle Length: 145mm
Hand Orientation: Ambidextrous