Brand: Hitohira ひ片 ‘ひ’
Smith: Tanaka Blacksmith ‘刃 物 製作 所
Production area: Sakai-Osaka / Japan
Size: 240 mm
Type of steel: carbon steel (Oxydable)
Steel: Blue Yasuki (Aogami) Super, soft iron coating
Handle: Ebony Virole Taihei Makassar and octagonal buffalo horn, Come with Saya
Total length: 390 mm
Length of edge: 232 mm
Length of handle at tip: 242 mm
Blade height: 50 mm
Thick: 2.3 mm
Length of handle: 146 mm
Hand orientation: ambidextrous
He is firmly committed to forging forged steel knives without touching stainless steel or main cooking. As far as the forge is concerned, it is undoubtedly the upper class of blacksmiths. Because it is handmade, you will see a clear difference in product and quality.
Kyuzo’s father, Heihachi, is one of Sakai’s busiest sharpeners. Heihachi’s workshop room and hallway were always filled with knives waiting to be sharpened. Although Kyuzo first worked under his father to learn the basics of coarse sharpening, he eventually became a student of Kambei, known as one of Sakai’s best sharpeners because he knew best how to sharpen large double bevel knives. After a few years of training, he developed his style based on these respective masters, his father and Kambei. Today, Kyuzo is one of the few people who can sharpen a wide double bevel with a very good Shinogi line in Sakai, one of the most difficult sharpening techniques.