This Custom Limited Edition Sukenari R-2 Damascus Kiritsuke Knife was produced in Collaboration with a Custom Handle Maker, who makes beautiful "one-of-a-kind" handles.
The beautiful Damascus Kiritsuke knife blade was forged and hand crafted by passionate forge-smith Sukenari, using R-2 steel. R-2 is a high quality Powdered Metallurgy (P.M.) High Speed Tool Steel from Kobelco and it has a very rich chemical composition, which includes 1.25-1.45% Carbon, 14-16% Chromium, 2.3-3.3% Molybdenum and 1.8-2.2% Vanadium.
Sukenari has a lot of experience and considerable skill in hammer forging modern, high-performance steels. Sukenari leveraged this expertise to produce R-2 steel knives that have extra-high cutting performance, outstanding edge retention and a beautiful, wavy Damascus pattern. A special mirror-polishing and finishing processes is used to create a high-contrast Damascus, which has shiny layers of stainless steel and white-colored layers of nickel steel.
This knife comes with a Custom Octagonal Wa Handle (Resin body, Ebony ferrule and endcap, Brass and G10 spacers with Mosaic Pin). For safekeeping, this knife comes with a handcrafted Magnolia Wooden Saya and a black pakkawood Saya pin.
The lightweight, double bevel edged Kiritsuke might be compared to a combination of the Nakiri and the Sujihiki. It is a very versatile knife that can be used to perform many of the tasks normally done with a Gyuto.
Knife Model: Custom Limited Edition Sukenari R-2 Damascus Series Kiritsuke
Blade Material: R-2 Damascus
Rockwell Hardness (HRc): 63
Blade Grind and Edge Shape: Double Bevel Edge 50/50
Handle Material: Octagon Shaped Custom Wa Handle (Resin body, Ebony ferrule and endcap, Brass and G10 spacers with Mosaic Pin)
Saya Included: Yes.
Kiritsuke 240mm (9.4")
This knife comes with 50/50 double bevel edge geometry for both right and left handed use.
For your information, Japanese Kitchen knives are generally designed for right hand use with a slightly thicker and rounded grinding on the right side blade and a less rounded (almost straight flat) grinding on the left side blade. However, both right and left hander can use the knives that have double bevel edge sharpened 50/50 without problems.
We believe the quality and cutting performance of Japanese knives are the best in the world, and hope you enjoy fine craftsmanship and sharp edge with your new knife. With proper cares, every Japanese knife should be your special cooking partner for long times.
This is the Powdered High Speed Tool Steel blade kitchen knife that has a rust resistance for easy maintenance. However, it may get rust, if kept in wet condition.