The Kiritsuke is one of the most versatile and essential of all knives a cook can have. It is a cross between a chef’s knife and a vegetable knife and is perfect for dicing, slicing, and chopping fresh produce from a farmers market to carving a roast chicken straight from the oven. Preparing delicious meals starts with taking wholesome ingredients and using the best tools such as a high quality chef’s knife to make every meal into something special. From dicing, slicing, and chopping fresh produce from a farmer’s market to carving a roast chicken straight from the oven, even the simplest tasks are elevated with a handcrafted knife that is as beautiful as it is functional.
The High Performance SLD is among the new generation of steels being engineered in Japan that endeavor to surpass the capabilities of existing metals. Its main features is that it is highly wear resistant with a hardness level that rivals blue high carbon steel with a fairly good level of stain resistance. What this means is that this combination of features allows for a knife with excellent sharpness, long edge retention, with a stainless durability. The hardness of the steel is further improved by utilizing the Damascus technique in its construction. The layers range from 33 to 35 depending on the blade size and instantly adds a functional and aesthetic dimension to the knife that is stunning.
In addition, this particular knife emphasizes a superior cutting edge by utilizing a thin blade design that will effortlessly cut through foods with very little abrasions to its surface. The brilliant mirror finish is also worth a remark. It is not only visually beautiful to observe, it makes the metal easier to clean and preserve.
The blade comes complimented with a traditional Japanese handle that is made of octagonal Shaped Rosewood and double redwood bolster equipped with a protective wooden sheath called a “Saya,” which protects the knife and adds to its appearance when not in use. This specific Saya included with the knife is brush coated with non-toxic lacquer coating made from organic tree saps in Japan. The octagonal shape of the handle allows for comfortable use regardless of which handed the user is.