Kiritsuke knife, stamped SG2 powder steel, kurouchi finish - Nigara


Nigara Hamono has a excellent reputation for creating one of a kind knives. We are very excited to be stocking these knives. In the words of me ‘they are well nice.’

SHAPE: Kiritsuke gyuto. This is basically a Gyuto with a funky drop tip on it. Sometimes they can have a flatter profile more suited to slicing but generally they are very similar to Gyutos

STEEL: SG2 or R2. These are modern powder steels and as the name suggested are formed from mixture of powdered elements heated and pressed together. This allows for very precise recipes to be followed. The steels themselves have the ability to be hardened to above 65 on the Rockwell scale giving them excellent edge retention. This does come at a slight cost in that they can be slightly difficult to sharpen.

FINISH: Kurouchi. This is a traditional, rustic finish achieved by leaving the furnace scale from the forging process on the blade rather than polishing it off. It has the advantage of reducing the reactivity of the surface of the knife and gives the blade a stylish, matt black finish.

HANDLE: Octagonal Wenge handle with Buffalo ferrule

LENGTH: 210mm and 240mm in length.

MAKER: Nigara Hamon - Japan

BEST FOR: Top of the line knives in crazy steels.

SAUNDERS SAYS: “Blimey these are all flipping lovely.”

These knives are hand-forged so there may be slight variations in measurements and finishes.