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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.
The Usuba is ideal for cutting vegetables and fruits which are served raw, because the thin and sharp blade produces cut surfaces with very little cell damage, and this minimizes the discoloration and change in flavor often caused by oxidation. The versatile middle section of the blade can be used for thinly slicing vegetables and also for performing the specialized Katsuramuki ("Rotary peeling”) technique.
Knife Model: JCK Original Kagayaki Basic Series Usuba
Blade Material: VG-1 Stainless Steel
Rockwell Hardness (HRc): 60
Blade Grind and Edge Shape: Single Bevel Edge
Handle Material: Black Pakka Wood Handle with Stainless Steel Bolster
Saya Included: No.
| Usuba 165mm (6.4")|
Cutting edge length: 165mm (6.4")
Total Length: 285mm (11.2")
Blade Thickness: 2mm (0.07")
Blade Width: 44mm (1.7")
Handle Length: 113mm (4.4")
Total Weight: 185g (6.5oz)
Sorry. This knife is not available for left handed version.
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.
I decided to start using high-quality knives after having problems with cheap knives staying sharp. I do a lot of cooking at home and cutting a lot of vegetables for both stir-fry and salads. After watching some videos and reviews, I decided on an Usuba and did a lot of research on everything from the knives and brands to the different steels. What a rabbit hole. Usubas are really for more of the Japanese technique of slicing super thin vegetables like cucumbers and asian radish, but it does a wonderful job with all small to medium sized veggies. I'm not sure why they call this the "basic" series, as it's a very high-end knife and holds an edge very well. I've not had to sharpen this yet, but i've used a ceramic honing rod which keeps it razor sharp. I keep this in the original box because some of my knives scare my wife and I don't want anyone tossing them in the dishwasher or cutting themselves.
Excellent knife! I'm very satisfied!
Fantastic cutting experience! A must for every kitchen!
This knife is different then your standard kitchen knife and takes a minute to get use to but once you do it really shines. Excellent craftsmanship in a knife I use everyday.