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Knife, Shigefusa Hocho Kitaeji, Santoku (All Purpose), Dual Bevel, 61 Layers, Blade 165 x 2.2mm, Overall 310mm, 150 gms, #719137

Hocho - Japanese chef's knives - generically known as hocho - have an unrivalled reputation for edge quality and retention and jaw droppingly beautiful aesthetics.
Item Code: F8030
$ 1,067.65
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Description

Hocho

Japanese chef's knives - generically known as hocho - have an unrivalled reputation for edge quality and retention and jaw droppingly beautiful aesthetics.

There are several manufacturing - or perhaps a better word is making - techniques because the best of these hocho are hand made by master smiths.  The most renowned technique is lamination where a core of multi layered, high carbon, edge holding steel - often referred to as blue paper or white paper - is forged between rust resistant steel cheeks which serve to cushion the hard core steel, rust proof the majority of the surface of the blade and provide a softer layer where the master smith can leave his 'chop' or insignia.

Bear in mind that quality edge tools in woodworking and gardening use high carbon or tool steel for their cutting edges and it is a largely unavoidable trade off that this steel will rust.

In the kitchen so called stainless 'steel' - critics don't accept it as steel at all - has application as an edge steel for some Japanese hocho and it remains a passionate debate as to whether the stainless formulations match their traditional carbon steel counterparts.

 

Shigefusa Hocho
Master Shigefusa uses original materials to create knives in classical shapes following the strict code of traditional Japanese aesthetics. With meditative devotion, he creates the finest blades in his workshop using traditional swordsmithing methods. This includes forge welding of the individual layers in a charcoal furnace, forming of the blades with a scraper blade and then grinding and polishing by hand on a veritable arsenal of water stones.

This range has magnolia wood handles with buffalo horn ferrules.

Cutting edge of high-carbon steel (V1), hardness 64 HRC, not rustproof.

Stock Note: Not always held in stock.  Please contact us for likely delivery timing. These knives are artisan made and not mass produced.

Care & Maintenence

  • See HERE for recommended Japanese water stones for sharpening and honing.
  • See HERE for for Keshigomu abrasive rubbing blocks for polishing.
  • See HERE for storage and mothballing options.
 f8030

 Santoku - General Purpose

Double bevel

Blade 165 x 2.2mm

61 layers

Overall 310mm

Weight 150 gms

Item Code: F8030

 f8031

 Usuba

Double Bevel

Blade 160 x 2.0mm

61 layers

Overall 310mm

Weight 185 gms

Item Code: F8031

Specifications

Size/weight/qty Santoku

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