Hitohira Tanaka Kyuzo Blue #1 Migaki Gyuto 210mm Ho Wood Handle
Part No. DAA-150-FA210
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Kyuzo’s father Heihachi is one of the busiest sharpeners in Sakai. Heihachi’s workshop room and corridor were always filled with knives waiting to be sharpened. Although Kyuzo initially worked under his father to learn the foundation of rough sharpening, eventually he became a student of Kambei, known as one of the best sharpeners in Sakai because he knew best how to sharpen wide double bevel knives. After a few years of training, he built his style based on both his father and Kambei’s respective styles. Today, Kyuzo is one of only a few people who can sharpen wide double bevel with really good Shinogi-line in Sakai, one of the most challenging techniques in sharpening.
Sakai’s kitchen knives are crafted in 3 main stages. A blacksmith forges and quenches the steel, then a specialist sharpener sharpens the knife, then a handle maker will make a handle. Finally, a finisher assembles all of these elements, to make them work perfectly together.
Finishers will design a rough sketch of a knife, fit the handle, and then make a final sharpening on a stone. These final steps by a finisher are the determining factors of the quality of Sakai’s kitchen knives.
When Kakuyoshi was growing up, he was unfamiliar with the kitchen knife industry but decided to learn the craft. At the beginning of his career, he saw the antiquated way in which the industry worked, seeing a gap between the seller and maker, and how the craftsman was used by makers and sellers.
Whilst training in knife polishing under a sharpener, Kakuyoshi started to understand the pure attitude of knife makers and their huge levels of knowledge and skill only created by their long experience. Here he decided to make kitchen knives that worked with their abilities. These knives came from his ideas, experience and knowledge, the kitchen knives he created are what made “Sakai Kitchen Knives famous and brought them to the next level. He continues to make new knives that bring tradition to the next generation with modern technique.
Brand: Hitohira ひとひら (一片)
Smith: Tanaka Blacksmith 田中打刃物製作所
Producing Area: Sakai-Osaka/ Japan
Steel Type: Carbon Steel
Steel: Yasuki Blue (Aogami) #1, Soft Iron Clad
Handle: Ho Wood & Double Buffalo Horn Ferrule Octagonal
Total Length: 356mm
Edge Length: 202mm
Handle to Tip Length: 217mm
Blade Height: 45mm
Handle Length: 138mm
Hand Orientation: Ambidextrous
Sharpener: Kyuzo 久蔵
Might available on our partners website:
Tosho Knife Arts (Toronto, Canada)
Ai & Om Knives (Vancouver, Canada)
Professional Tooling (Australia)
STRATA (Portland, ME, USA)
Stay Sharp (Montreal, Canada)
Carbon Knife Co (Denver, USA)
The Knife Shed / KATABA (London, UK)
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