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Instagram Special - Gesshin Ajikataya 240mm White #2 Kurouchi Wa-Gyuto

  • Tsukasa Hinoura is the third generation of blacksmiths carrying on the Ajikataya brand, working with his son Mutsumi-san. Hinoura-san is well known for the quality of his work, especially his "Tsukasa" line. We brought in this line so that more people could try Hinoura-san's work. Moreover, whenever we get a chance, we do our best to support young craftsmen like his son.

    Hinoura-san's heat treatment is top notch, and his style reflects a lot of the regional attributes of Sanjo. These knives have an exceptional distal taper, and strong wide bevel, which facilitates thinning, sharpening, and food release.

    We have thermally stabilized the handle of this gyuto; a technique that is used in Japan by the name of yaki sugi or, more commonly, shou sugi ban. Yaki sugi is used to weather proof the wooden facades of buildings so that they may withstand the harsh monsoon seasons. Taking into account that this handle will come in contact with a lot of hot water and soap and fats and oils during its use, the yaki sugi will help manage water damage. We have also laser-engraved a saya with the image of a bamboo forest. The saya fits snugly around the blade, a friction fit, without being too tight and potentially splitting. Unless saya are made custom for Sanjo knives, it is always tough to find one that fits because of the dramatic distal taper.

    • Knife Type: Gyuto
    • Steel Type: White #2 Carbon
    • Handle Type: Oval Ho Wood
    • Construction Type: Carbon Clad
    • Hand Orientation: Ambidextrous
    • Handle Length: 140mm
    • Handle Height: 27.27mm
    • Handle Width: 22.00mm
    • Handle to Tip Length: 260mm
    • Heel to Tip Length: 245mm
    • Width of Spine at Middle: 2.99mm
    • Width of Spine 1cm from the Tip: 0.80mm
    • Width of Spine at Handle: 4.15mm
    • Width of Spine above Heel: 3.00mm
    • Blade Thickness 1/2 way between the Spine and Edge: 1.61mm
    • Blade Height at Heel: 52mm
    • Weight: 198g



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