“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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Sharp and steady use
I did not use the knives as they were a gift. I have had no complaints from recipient however.