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JCK Original Kagayaki Basic Series Petty (120mm and 150mm, 2 sizes)

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KAGAYAKI Basic Series” knife is made with V-Gold No.1 stainless steel, heat-treated to HRc. 60. This beautiful sparkling blade is meticulously hand finished and their smooth pakkawood handles will fit your hand comfortably. We think that in terms of quality control and cutting performance this knife is a work of art, it will bring joy to home cooks and chefs alike.

Kagayaki Basic Series knives are made by Mr. Gotou’s fine Craftsman Team. For 40 years, it has been Mr. Gotou’s goal to make highly functional blades that have excellent cutting performance, blade geometry, edge sharpness and durability. He has made knives for many famous Japanese retailers and knife companies, and we recommend his knives with confidence.

A mainstay of professional Western kitchens, the Petty knife is a small general-purpose knife used for peeling, shaping, and slicing fruits and vegetables, chopping herbs, and making garnishes. The compact size and relatively narrow blade of the Petty knife mean that it is very nimble and controllable, thus it is ideal for making precise cuts.

 

Characteristics and Difference of Regular Version and ES Version

Both Regular Version and ES version are hand sharpened by skillful and experienced Master Craftsman.

Hereby we introduce the characteristics and difference of Regular Version and ES Version.

  • Regular Version has good enough sharpness and you can start using it without sharpening process and enjoy good cutting performance. One of the benefits for choosing the Regular Version is you can re-sharpen and make your own final sharp edge by yourself for your own cutting needs and preference. Advanced, Experienced and serious users can understand how important it is and this benefit.
  • ES version has much steeper and thinner edge which makes outstanding and maximized cutting performance. We have received many requests from our customers for the fully sharpened edge knives when they start using the knives. This is our recommendation for your needs. 

Knife Model: JCK Original Kagayaki Basic Series Petty

Blade Material:  VG-1 Stainless Steel

Rockwell Hardness (HRc): 60

Blade Grind and Edge Shape: Double Bevel Edge 70/30

Handle Material: Black Pakka Wood Handle with Stainless Steel Bolster

Saya Included: No.

 

Petty 125mm (4.9")
Cutting edge length: 125mm (4.9")
Total Length: 230mm (9.0")
Blade Thickness: 1.8mm (0.07")
Blade Width: 26mm (1.0")
Handle Length: 100mm (3.9")
Total Weight: 67g (2.3oz)
Petty 150mm (5.9")
Cutting edge length: 150mm (5.9")
Total Length: 260mm (10.2")
Blade Thickness: 2mm (0.07")
Blade Width: 29mm (1.1")
Handle Length: 105mm (4.1")
Total Weight: 83g (2.9oz)

  

Master Craftsman modifies edge shape and bevel for left hand use by hand sharpening process at the following additional cost:

  • Petty + US$6
  • Santoku, Gyuto + $10
  • Western Deba, Chinese Cleaver, Slicer + $10
  • Honesuki, Sujihiki 20% extra of the regular price, because we need to change the grinding geometry from the beginning step for 100% left handed version. 

Left handed versions are normally in stock for immediate shipping. However, when it became out of stock, please allow 3 to 6 days for shipping.

For your information, many of the Japanese Kitchen knives come originally with double bevel edge sharpened 70/30 (face side/back side) for Western style knives. This geometry came from Japanese Traditional knives with single bevel edge and Shinogi blade construction. This is one of the special features and reasons why Japanese knives have an excellent cutting performance.

However, this 70/30 edge geometry is designed for right hand use, so we have a service to modify it to 30/70 for left handed users with re-sharpening process by skilled craftsman.

We believe quality and performance of Japanese knives are best in the world and hope you enjoy the fine craftsmanship and spirits from your new knife. With proper cares, every Japanese knife can be your special cooking partner for a long time.

Important

This is the Stainless steel blade kitchen knife, which has good rust resistance for easy maintenance. However even stainless steel blade kitchen knife has rust situation if you leave it with wet condition.

  • Before starting to use the knife, please wash it with water for cleaning up.
  • Please do not put this knife in the dishwasher, please hand wash.
  • Please do not leave this knife in water or wet condition for a long time.
  • After using, please hand wash it and wipe it clean and dry with soft clothes. (Includes bolster and handle part)
  • This is an extremely sharp knife. Please use special cares in using and storing it.
  • Unlike German made knives, Japanese knife blades are ground to thin cutting edge for sharper cutting and easier re-sharpening. Please protect the edge from hitting hard materials to avoid chipping or cracking.
  • Please do not use it to cut bone or frozen foods, hard foods such as lobster and crab which have hard surface.
  • We recommend re-sharpening the knife using Japanese whetstones, when it gets dull.
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JCK Original Kagayaki Brand Concept

We believe knives that claim to be "best-quality" and "practical" must offer great cutting performance, great edge retention and adequate strength, whilst also being easy to maintain and sharpen. They should also be functional, be beautiful and be well made, with good fit and finish. All of these elements are important to serious users and professionals, who demand and need highly practical, professional-quality knives. JCK Original Kagayaki knives were specifically developed to meet these requirements.
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Kagayaki Craftsmanship

JCK Original Kagayaki knives are handcrafted by a team of special craftsman, using traditional handcrafting methods that have been handed down by many generations of experienced, skillful craftsmen in Seki City, the Japanese knife making capital that has been known as "The City of Blades" since the Muromachi era (1338-1573). Motivated by their passion and true craftsman’s spirit, they are determined and proud to carry on the Seki tradition of producing high-quality knives.
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The 'Essential Ingredients' of Best-Quality Knives: 水砥 (Mizu-to) "Whetstone Grinding and Sharpening"

To ensure an optimum balance of high cutting performance, edge retention and strength, the blade is ground to have a thin, convex cross section and a fine edge. The blades are manually ground on a large wet grindstone; a process that requires the sensitive touch and skill of an experienced craftsman. By rapidly pivoting his hands up and down while grinding, the craftsman creates a slightly convex blade with a thin edge. It takes years of experience, dedication, passion and spirit to grind and sharpen top-quality, practical knife blades.
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The 'Essential Ingredients' of Best-Quality Knives: 歪取り (Hizumi-Tori) "Blade Straightening"

After the heat treatment, grinding and sharpening processes, the Master Craftsman pays extra attention to straightening the blades. This hammering process might seem simple, but it requires an experienced craftsperson with sharp senses. Blade straightening aids efficiency and precision during the next manufacturing processes, so it is very important. This manual work is time-consuming, delicate and difficult, but it is essential for the production of top-quality, practical knives.
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Kagayaki Craftsman’s Story: Creating VG-1 Mono-Steel Knives

Question: For over 40 years, the Kagayaki Craftsman Team has concentrated on making Mono-Steel knives (One-piece construction) in VG-1 Stainless Steel — Why did the team make this decision?

About 40 years ago, high hardness stainless steels that offered good cutting performance were rare, so the main material for Japanese knives was carbon steel. At that time, many people thought it was impossible to make stainless steel knives with great sharpness and cutting performance. The experienced Kagayaki Craftsman Team challenged themselves to create a stainless-steel knife with a hardness level and cutting performance similar to a high carbon steel knife. They discovered VG-1 stainless steel, which has a relatively high carbon content, could offer hardness, cutting performance and sharpness that was similar to a carbon steel knife. At that time, creating stainless Mono-Steel knives with a high Rockwell hardness and high cutting performance was a great technological achievement. However, the craftsmen had to spend a lot of time and energy researching and testing how to make high quality, practical stainless-steel knives.

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Kagayaki Craftsman’s Story: Creating VG-1 Mono-Steel Knives (Continued)

For over 40 years, the experienced Kagayaki Craftsman Team has concentrated on making Mono-Steel blades with the use of traditional blade crafting techniques, including Mizu-To (Whetstone Grinding and Sharpening) and Hizumi-Tori (Blade straightening). These well preserved traditional handcrafting processes are essential when making practical, high-quality, Mono-Steel knives, which can be particularly difficult to grind and sharpen. The Kagayaki Craftsman Team is proud to preserve their traditional handcrafting methods and use this great Japanese steel to make these Mono-Steel knife blades. They believe the combination of steel, knife construction and expert craftsmanship produces the most practical, cost-effective knives.
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    EG
    11/14/2022
    Emily G.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product

    Sharp, great basic knife

    The blade is very sharp and the knife feels great in hand— excellent quality for the price.

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    10/14/2022
    Ivan L.
    Kazakhstan Kazakhstan
    I recommend this product

    My first experience. JCK Original Kagayaki Basic Series Petty 120 mm

    Purchase and delivery at the highest level. Thanks JSK. As for the knife. Sharpened perfectly. Bought for breakfast. Cuts bread, sausage perfectly. But the oil sticks to the knife firmly. You have to use your hands, which is not very convenient. It doesn't cut soft cheese well. It turns out that the strip is broken. Hard varieties are no problem. And yet, maybe it seemed to me, but after 3 weeks of use, the cut is not as sure as the new one. It looks like it will get dull after two months. But let's see this again. In general, I am satisfied with the purchase, but the period of use is still short, of course. I take care of the knife as you wrote me in a letter.

    BS
    07/18/2022
    Bronson S.
    Australia Australia
    I recommend this product

    Great knife, great service

    As someone who just does cooking for themselves at home, this knife is a huge step up from a regular kitchen knife. Perfectly sharp out of the box and a great size for most tasks, it's a great pick for someone wanting to get a quality, versatile tool at a very reasonable price.

    DS
    07/11/2022
    Dan S.
    Romania Romania
    I recommend this product

    Sharper than anything I own

    I bought this knife due to its size and versatility in the kitchen. I chose the extra sharp version. I am amazed how sharp it really is. It cuts through fruits and vegetables like butter and it has no problem with the meat as well. It feels balanced in the hand

    SP
    01/25/2022
    SIARHEI P.
    Belarus Belarus
    I recommend this product

    Excellent, almost perfect

    I bought it as a knife for my wife, the Santoku is too big and heavy for her. After a week of use, 30% of the time I cut with this knife. An ideal blade, hard enough, not brittle, perfectly cuts and keeps sharpening. The tip of the blade is like a needle, which is also very convenient. Sharpening is beyond praise, it is really extra sharp Of the minuses: 1. Too light for me, 30g would be nice for comfort, don't feel confident or balanced when cutting 2. Heel of the blade has very sharp and at a right angle. The index finger is perfectly pierced by it at the time of use. If the angle was larger, then there would be less blood 3. I don't really like the look of the handle, it's not very attractive. But that's my problem because the functional handle is great. But the knife is beautiful, I recommend everyone to add it to the kitchen

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