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Hitohira Kikuchiyo Rikichi Silver #3 Deba 165mm Ho Wood Handle (Saya)

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The traditional Japanese fish filleting knife. A very old knife shape used for breaking down fish and often poultry. Very efficient in filleting due to their single bevel geometry designed to be strong, reduce friction and have a very keen edge. While it takes a small adjustment in technique the results are often much better compared to using a western filleting knife. Strong enough to cut through fishbones and a much sharpen edge resulting in higher quality cuts essential for taste, texture and quality of the produce.

Blacksmith: Kikuchiyo

In the early 2000s, Kikuchiyo was invited by master craftsman of Sakai to join them as a blacksmith. The art of blacksmithing is physical, the rough working environment of fire and iron takes a toll on the body and many of the masters' abilities begin to wane in their forties and fifties. As Kikuchiyo started earlier in life, he has gained most of the knowledge and skill of fine forging and quenching, before his physical abilities deteriorate.
Kikuchiyo proactively experimented with new steels not generally used by Sakai’s blacksmith, steels such as stainless. His experience and skill have made his Ginsan (Silver 3) knives popular among Japanese cuisine chef’s, many stating “If you use Kikuchiyo’s Ginsan once, you will never replace it”.
Kikuchiyo is also known for fine Honyaki quenching, beautiful Hamon and the correct hardness and gumminess are only achievable by experienced masters achieving the correct temperature. His Honyaki is supported by many of Sakai’s sharpeners and finishers, professionals who know what makes a good kitchen knife.
When Kikuchiyo joined as a blacksmith, he dreamed of success and becoming a great man. He continues to develop his skills as a craftsman, modelling each of his knives on the image of his master’s forge.

Detailed Spec

Brand: Hitohira ひとひら (一片)
Smith: Kikuchiyo 菊千代
Producing Area: Sakai-Osaka/ Japan
Profile: Deba
Size: 165mm
Steel Type: Stainless Steel
Steel: Yasuki Silver #3 (Ginsan), Soft Stainless Clad
Handle: Ho Wood & Buffalo Horn Ferrule Octagonal
Come with Saya
Total Length: 313mm
Edge Length: 168mm
Handle to Tip Length: 183mm
Blade Height: 52mm
Thickness: 5.7mm
Handle Length: 122mm
Weight: 255g
Hand Orientation: Right-Handed
Hardness: 61±1HRC
Sharpener: Rikichi
Update: August 24, 2022