ZDP-189 is a one of the new generation Powdered Metallurgy High-Speed Tool Steels and it is produced by Hitachi Metals Ltd. Needless to say, knife enthusiasts have rated ZDP-189 as one of the very best steels for making premium cutlery.
Sukenari’s knowledge of traditional forging processes and vast experience with modern high performance steels has proved to be invaluable when working with these new high performance steels.
The ZDP-189 core blade steel (HRc. 65) is forge-welded with Stainless Damascus steel cladding, which is made with alternating layers of Nickel Steel and Stainless Steel. The blade is beautifully mirror polished and finished so that the white color of Nickel Steel layers vividly contrast with the glossy silver color of the Stainless Steel layers.
Each Sukenari ZDP-189 Nickel Damascus knife is fitted with an octagonal handle that is made from naturally textured red sandalwood and is fitted with a water buffalo horn ferrule / bolster.
This knife includes a Handcrafted Magnolia Wooden Saya (Sheath), which fits well for Kiritsuke blade shape.
Sukenari has just finished a small batch of ZDP-189 Nickel Damascus Kiritsuke 240mm (4 Pcs. Total). Because each knife blade has a different Damascus pattern and each water buffalo horn ferrule and handle have a different pattern and texture, we have prepared photographs of each Kiritsuke 240mm so that you can easily select your favorite knife.
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: Sukenari ZDP-189 Nickel Damascus Kiritsuke
Blade Material: ZDP-189 Nickel Damascus
Rockwell Hardness (HRc): 65
Blade Grind and Edge Shape: Double Bevel Edge 50/50
Handle Material: Octagon Shaped Red-Sandal Wooden Handle with Water Buffalo Horn Ferrule
Saya Included: Yes.
Kiritsuke 240mm (9.4")
Cutting edge length: 235mm (9.2")
Total Length: 385mm (15.1")
Blade Thickness: 2.6mm (0.1")
Blade Width: 51mm (2")
Handle Length: 136mm (5.3")
Total Weight: 224g (8oz)
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.
The knife largely overcame any of my expectations. It’s not only a beast I would feel confident filleting a whole tuna with, but it’s a beautiful piece of craftsmanship too. This is the third knife I’ve purchased at JCK. Always extremely positive experience, even when a little miscommunication occurred. Issue was kindly and efficiently fixed right away. I would definitely and warmly recommend.