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Hitohira FJ Semi Stainless Honesuki Kaku Pakka Handle

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$108.70 USD
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$141.58 USD
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$108.70 USD
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Description

We love all knives from the FJ line, a favourite since their arrival in 2020. After visiting the craftsmen responsible for this line in Feb ’23 I only got to appreciate them more.
This maker doesn’t compromise in the heat treatment and grinding in any way. They purposely give their knives an above average hardness even though it makes the grinding much more time consuming. The edge retention of the FJ knives is noticeably better in comparison because of this excellent heat treatment. Their VG-10 en SG2 is without a doubt the best we’ve come across from this region.

We carry the FJ VG-10 with Japanese handle and the SG2, the VG-1 and semi-stainless knives with western handle. These last three are amazingly strong, no fuss workhorse blades ideal for any cook or chef looking for a trustworthy knife. The SG2 is the hardest and has the best edge retention, the semi stainless and VG-1 are very similar but the semi stainless is a bit more pleasant to sharpen on the stones.

What kind of knife is this?

This is a Semi stainless steel knife. Semi stainless is in between carbon steel and stainless steel, not enough chromium content to be fully stainless but much less fast in oxidising than carbon steel. You can expect semi stainless to be easier in use than carbon, it will oxidise but in a more controlled way than carbon steel. It will in most cases sharpen easier than stainless and responds better to touch ups. It is however still important to store your knife dry and clean, wipe it dry now and again when using, never let it air-dry after washing, no dishwasher and avoid extremely hard products like frozen foods or bones ect.

The Honesuki is a Japanese style butchery knife used for breaking down and deboning poultry and lager cuts of meat. The honesuki Kaku in functionality leans more towards (but not only!) poultry filleting while the Maru version works better with other meats and lacks a bit of efficiency for poultry, mainly due to the lack of heel which on the Kaku is used to cut trough cartilage. Please pay close attention to the hand orientation of each individual knife as the Honesuki ofter has an asymmetric geometry. 

Care Instructions

This is a Semi stainless steel knife. Semi stainless is in between carbon steel and stainless steel, not enough chromium content to be fully stainless but much less fast in oxidising than carbon steel. You can expect semi stainless to be easier in use than carbon, it will oxidise but in a more controlled way than carbon steel. It will in most cases sharpen easier than stainless and responds better to touch ups. It is however still important to store your knife dry and clean, wipe it dry now and again when using, never let it air-dry after washing, no dishwasher and avoid extremely hard products like frozen foods or bones ect.

Detailed Spec

Brand: Hitohira ひとひら (一片)
Producing Area: Seki-Gifu/ Japan
Profile: Honesuki Kaku
Steel Type: Semi Stainless Steel
Steel: Mono Unclassified (Semi Stainless Steel)
Handle: Pakka Western
Total Length: 263mm
Edge Length: 144mm
Handle to Tip Length: 149mm
Blade Height: 39mm
Thickness: 2mm
Handle Length: 115mm
Weight: 123g
Hand Orientation: Right-Handed
Update: December 20, 2021