"Sujihiki" translated to English means "flesh slicer" and this knife does exactly that. This beautiful Kotetsu Sujihiki blade was specially designed to be extra long, measuring in at 270mm (10.5"), making it easier to slice proteins with one long stroke as opposed to a back and forth sawing motion. One long stroke creates clean slices for meats like brisket and makes slicing extra thin pieces for applications such as carpaccio or sashimi easier than ever.
Basic Knife Care:
*Not dishwasher safe. Wash and dry the blade by hand immediately after use. Use a soft sponge to wash the blade. Do not use abrasive dish scrubbers and powders as they can damage the blade.
Do not cut through bones and never use this knife to cut frozen food. This can chip the blade.
Never twist, cleave or prise the blade.
Always use a wooden or plastic cutting board. Never cut on glass, marble, slate, a plate, china or anything harder than steel. Bamboo is not recommended as it is very hard and dulls knives quickly.
Store knives separate from each other in a way that they will not knock into each other.
Use a ceramic honing rod or leather strop for the edge maintenance. Never use a coarse steel sharpening rod or diamond rod. Do not use a wheel sharpener or sharpening tools. Always sharpen by hand on waterstones.
Knife Shape: Sujihiki
Rockwell Hardness: 62:63
Blade Length: 270mm (10.5")
Type of Steel: R2 Powdered Stainless Steel
- R-2 Steel is manufactured by the Kobelco Steel Company. This powdered steel is known for its strength, excellent wear resistance and its ability to take a very sharp edge. The same steel can be found in other knives but is called SG-2. They are the same alloys but the SG-2 brand is resold and rebranded by Takefu Specialty Steels.
Handle Shape: Octagon
Handle Material: Jarrah handle with pakka wood collar
Knife Maker: Takayuki Shibata
From Takayuki Shibata, the knife maker:
In my kitchen I was using a gyuto knife. It was a beautiful knife. But it was a little too curved for my liking. Didn't make enough contact with the food. So I switched to a straight-edged nakiri. Better for chopping vegetables. But when I was cutting meat, then I wanted to go back to my gyuto. Hmm, I thought. Somebody should make a new type of knife, one that falls between a gyuto and a nakiri. And then, as I am a knife maker, I thought that I should make it. So I did.
I gave it a slightly curved edge. Too-straight produces too much friction. Too-curved reduces contact with the food. This slight curve is my attempt at a happy medium.
I also gave it a sharp point. This is very nice for scoring vegetables, or squid, or chicken.
The spine of the knife has a very high mirror-polish. This maximizes friction between your fingers and the blade, for better control, comfort, and safety.
The sides of the knife have a rough finish, to minimize friction between the food and the blade. This is especially noticeable with foods that have a high water content. My knife's rough sides break up the water's surface tension, allowing the blade to slide through more easily.
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