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Hitohira Kikuchiyo Mosuke Enmon Shirogami #1 Kiritsuke 270mm Ebony Taihei


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Brand: Hitohira ひ と ひ ら (一片)
Smith: Kikuchiyo 菊 千代
Production area: Sakai-Osaka / Japan
Profile: Kiritsuke
Size: 270 mm
Type of steel: carbon steel
Steel: Yasuki White (Shirogami) – 1, Carbon-coated Damascus
Handle: Taihei ebony and octagonal buffalo horn
Total length: 428 mm
Length of edge: 256 mm
Length of handle at tip: 275 mm
Blade height: 46 mm
Thick: 4.7 mm
Length of handle: 152 mm
Weight: 302g
Hand orientation: right-handed
Grinder as Mosuke

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In the early 2000s, Kikuchiyo was invited by Sakai’s master craftsman to join them as a blacksmith. The art of forging is physical, the harsh work environment of fire and iron weighs heavily on the body and many of the masters’ abilities begin to fade in their forties and fifties. As Kikuchiyo began earlier in life, he acquired most of the knowledge and skills of fine forging and tempering, before his physical abilities deteriorated.


Kikuchiyo has proactively experimented with new steels that are not usually used by the Sakai blacksmith, steels like stainless steel. His experience and skills have made his Ginsan knives (Silver 3) popular among Japanese chefs, with many saying, “If you use Kikuchiyo’s Ginsan once, you’ll never replace him.” Kikuchiyo is also known for its fine Honyaki dip, its beautiful Hamon and hardness only achievable by experienced masters who reach the right temperature. His Honyaki is supported by many Sakai sharpeners and finishers, professionals who know what makes a good kitchen knife. When Kikuchiyo became a blacksmith, he dreamed of succeeding and becoming a great man. He continues to develop his skills as a craftsman, modeling each of his knives on the image of his master’s forge.