Matsuba knife, Aogami 2 carbon steel, damascus finish - Kitaoka
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Kitaoka only makes single bevel knives so you can rest assured that he knows what he is doing.
SHAPE: Matsuba. Bit of an unusual one - it’s small and intended to be used like a petty but with a distinctive curve to the tip. Traditional Japanese knives, such as this, should exclusively be sharpened by hand on Whetstones. It is a single bevel for right-handlers.
STEEL: Aogami (blue) 2 steel. It is a reactive carbon steel which is easy to sharpen and holds an edge well. This steel is frequently paired with a kurouchi finish and is often chosen for traditional-style Japanese knives.
FINISH: Damascus or Suminigashi. This is a folded finish that is forge welded to the outside of the hard cutting steel.
HANDLE: D shaped Rosewood wood handle with pakkawood ferrule.
LENGTH: 120mm blade length.
MAKER: Kitaoka - Takefu, Japan
BEST FOR: Smaller kitchen tasks. Or for the person who thinks they have one of every Japanese knife shape but probably doesn’t have that one.
SAUNDERS SAYS: "On my Christmas list for sure."