Kiritsuke knife, ZDP189 powder steel, damascus finish - Sukenari
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Sukenari Hamono was founded in 1933. Throughout Japan they are known for their ability to forge blades of exceptional quality. They have also been real pioneers of forging modern steels.
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: ZDP189. This is a modern powder steels and as the name suggested is 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: Damascus or suminigashi. This type of finish is made by creating a Kitaeji; which is produced by repeatedly folding/stacking then compressing two different steels until they create a laminated pattern. This can then be manipulated in various ways to produce the maker’s desired pattern effect. This material is then clad around the core metal of the blade as an elaborate protective layer for the core steel - thus giving the knife a beautiful and striking appearance.
HANDLE: Octagonal Rosewood with a Buffalo horn ferrule
LENGTH: 210 in length.
MAKER: Sukenari - Toyama, Japan
BEST FOR: Top of the line knives in crazy steels.
SAUNDERS SAYS: "I have waited a longtime to get knives in from this maker. Now they are here my only complaint is I need more as I want all of them."
These knives are hand-forged so there may be slight variations in measurements and finishes.