Hitohira Kikuchiyo Mosuke Kikko Blue #1 Yanagiba 300mm Ebony Handle (Saya)

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Brand: Hitohira ひとひら (一片)
Smith: Kikuchiyo 菊千代
Producing Area: Sakai-Osaka/ Japan
Profile: Yanagiba
Size: 300mm
Steel Type: Carbon Steel
Steel: Yasuki Blue (Aogami) #1, Carbon Damascus Clad
Handle: Taihei Ebony & Buffalo Horn Ferrule Octagonal
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Total Length: 452mm
Edge Length: 291mm
Handle to Tip Length: 305mm
Blade Height: 36mm
Thickness: 4mm
Handle Length: 145mm
Weight: 246g
Hand Orientation: Right-Handed
Sharpener: Mosuke
Update: March 12, 2022

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Kikuchiyo:

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.