Petty knife, SG2 powder steel, tsuchime finish, mono keyaki handle - Yu Kurosaki


Yu Kurosaki is a young blacksmith based in Takefu, Echizen. He started his blacksmithing career in 2002 apprenticing under Hiroshi Kato, the then-owner of Kanehiro. In 2018 he was given the award of Traditional Japanese Craftsman, a real accolade. We are very proud to sell his knives and think he is a real one to watch in the future.

SHAPE: Petty. One of the smallest knives in a chef's arsenal and good for, well, small things!

STEEL: SG2 or R2. These are modern powder steels and as the name suggested are formed from a 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 harder to sharpen.

FINISH: Tsuchime. This is a hand hammered finish that helps with food release.

HANDLE: Octagonal mono Keyaki wood.

LENGTH: 120mm 

MAKER: Yu Kurosaki - Takefu, Japan.

BEST FOR: Those looking for a range of knives that is as functional as it is beautiful.

SAUNDERS SAYS: “Beautiful handles combined with Kurosaki's distinctive blade patterning make for a fantastic knife." 

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