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Hitohira Togashi Blue #2 Kurouchi Kiritsuke Gyuto 210mm Cherry Wood Handle (Ebony End)

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€432,00 EUR
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Description

The Hitohira Togashi Kurouchi series features Blue and White steel #2 blades. These are characterized by their rustic kurouchi finish. This is a natural black scaling left over from the forging process. What makes this series unique is the fact the the blacksmith controls the thickness of the spine. With knives fully polished the sharpeners can adjust the spine thickness and taper to their liking. Here this is not the case otherwise the dark finish will be lost. Next to the aesthetics the kurouchi adds it reduces the oxidation on the part of the blade. While these blades look and feel more rustic the performance is incredible. The broad and finely polished bevels ensure a smooth cutting feel.
Between Blue steel and White steel the Blue steel knives will hold their edge longer while White offer more pleasant sharpening.

Master Kenji Togashi is one of the most celebrated and distiguisted blacksmith from Sakai. Not only a “Dentokogeshi” (certified traditional craftsman) but also awarded with a medal from the emperor for his accomplishments and service. One of the, if not the, most honourable and prestigious decorations in Japan. To be awarded such a prestigious titles is proof of vast knowledge and skill. He is amongst the very few remaining blacksmiths in Japan with the skillset to forge water-quenched Honyaki blades. A true master of traditional techniques. Togashi made knives are characterised by their durability and hardness while still easy to sharpen. Not only the steel quality but also their in-house sharpening is praiseworthy. In charge of the in-house sharpening is Kenya Togashi, the third son of Togashi San, and from him we see some of the most true and consistent single and double-bevel sharpening we've come across. All their knives really feel like they've been made with the intention to last for years.

What kind of knife is this?

The gyuto is a true all-rounder and suitable for a wide variety of cutting tasks. A go-to knife for many and an ideal shape to start out with. Based on the Western style chef’s knife, the gyuto has a decent length, enough height to clear the knuckles from the cutting board and a somewhat narrow tip. It’s just as good at chopping an onion or cabbage, as slicing a roast or portioning fish. There's no shame in owning multiple gyuto's

Care Instructions

This is a carbon steel knife. That means this knife is made of non-stainless steel. There is no or an insufficient amount of chromium and/or nickel to protect this steel against oxidation. Steel such as this will react to moisture and oxygen. That on itself is not a bad thing, you might even argue it’s a great thing. The knife will form a wonderful patina, it will sharpen easily and the edge life will not disappoint.

The care for a carbon steel knife such as this is not very elaborate, and very comparable to any other knife. Always store your knife clean and dry, no dishwasher, don’t let it air-dry and avoid extremely hard products like frozen foods or bones. With carbon steel you want to dry your knife also during cooking, never leave it moist or wet for too long. Often a quick wipe a dry cloth or towel is more than enough. A carbon steel knife can rust if not taken care of properly. Rust can removed but it is of course something we want to avoid.

Please note that there are many different carbon steels, just like stainless steels, each with its own properties and characteristics. Each should be judged individually.

Detailed Spec

Brand: Hitohira ひとひら
Smith: Togashi Blacksmith 富樫打刃物製作所
Producing Area: Sakai-Osaka/ Japan
Profile: Kiritsuke Gyuto
Size: 210mm
Steel Type: Carbon Steel
Steel: Yasuki Blue (Aogami) #2, Soft Iron Clad
Handle: Cherry Wood & Ebony Ferrule Octagonal
Total Length: 360mm
Edge Length: 200mm
Handle to Tip Length: 216mm
Blade Height: 50mm
Thickness: 2.4mm
Handle Length: 145mm
Weight: 159g
Hand Orientation: Ambidextrous
Sharpener: Kenya Togashi