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Hitohira Kikuchiyo Yohei Ginsan Kasumi Gyuto 270mm Ebony


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Brand: Hitohira ひとひら (一片)
Blacksmith : Kikuchiyo 菊千代
Production area: Sakai-Osaka/Japan
Profile: Gyuto
Size: 270 mm
Type of steel: stainless steel
Steel: Yasuki Silver #3 (Ginsan), Soft Stainless Clad
Handle: ebene and buffalo horn octogenal ferrule
Total length: 425 mm
Edge length: 254 mm
Handle length at tip: 272 mm
Blade height: 48 mm
Thickness: 3 mm
Handle length: 152 mm
Weight: 197 g
Hand orientation: Ambidextrous
Emouleur: Yohei


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.