Hitohira Kikuchiyo Manzo Blue #2 Mizu Honyaki Kiritsuke 240mm Taihei Ebony Handle (Mirror Polished/ Saya)
In the early 2000s, Kikuchiyo was invited by master craftsman of Sakai to join them as a blacksmith. The art of blacksmithing is physical, the rough working environment of fire and iron takes a toll on the body and many of the masters' abilities begin to wane in their forties and fifties. As Kikuchiyo started earlier in life, he has gained most of the knowledge and skill of fine forging and quenching, before his physical abilities deteriorate.
Kikuchiyo proactively experimented with new steels not generally used by Sakai’s blacksmith, steels such as stainless. His experience and skill have made his Ginsan (Silver 3) knives popular among Japanese cuisine chef’s, many stating “If you use Kikuchiyo’s Ginsan once, you will never replace it”.
Kikuchiyo is also known for fine Honyaki quenching, beautiful Hamon and the correct hardness and gumminess are only achievable by experienced masters achieving the correct temperature. His Honyaki is supported by many of Sakai’s sharpeners and finishers, professionals who know what makes a good kitchen knife.
When Kikuchiyo joined as a blacksmith, he dreamed of success and becoming a great man. He continues to develop his skills as a craftsman, modelling each of his knives on the image of his master’s forge.
Brand: Hitohira ひとひら (一片)
Smith: Kikuchiyo 菊千代
Producing Area: Sakai-Osaka/ Japan
Steel Type: Carbon Steel
Steel: Honyaki Yasuki Blue (Aogami) #2
Handle: Taihei Ebony & Buffalo Horn Ferrule Octagonal
Come with Saya
Total Length: 388mm
Edge Length: 228mm
Handle to Tip Length: 242mm
Blade Height: 44mm
Handle Length: 145mm
Hand Orientation: Right-Handed
The pictures and dimensions listed are for reference. As these are handmade items containing natural products, there may be variances in appearance and specifications.