Yoshihiro Kurouchi Black-Forged Blue Steel Stainless Clad Nakiri Japanese Vegetable Knife Kaede Wood Handle

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Recommended to purchase with Custom-cut Saya Knife Cover

Traditional Kurouchi knives will always be made out of highly reactive carbon steel but this knife is exceptional in that the Kurouchi finish is on the Stainless Cladding which is a new development in modern metallurgy and is highly rare and difficult to forge. Our Stainless 'Kurouchi' Cladding exemplifies the traditional intricate techniques of Japanese forging techniques with modern stainless metallurgy in order to produce an exceptional blade with the rustic aesthetics of a Kurouchi blade without the maintenance of high-carbon steel.

Kurouchi translates as "Black-Forged" and this unique style of forging offers a characteristic look and an unpolished rustic aesthetic finish to the blade. Our Yoshihiro Kurouchi Stainless Clad Knives are clad in 2 layers of full Kurouchi stainless steel that provides durability and protection without sacrificing its sharp cutting edge.

With a hardness on the Rockwell scale of 63-64, the inner core of Blue Steel #2 is prized for its high edge retention and provides an extremely sharp edge that is able to maintain its sharpness over extended period of time. The Kurouchi Stainless Cladding allows much of the blade to be more forgiving to exposure to moisture while still having the superior edge retention and sharpness intact.

The knife is complimented with a handcrafted Octagonal Kaede wood handle which is comfortable for both left and right handed users. A Lacquered Magnolia wood Saya Cover comes together with the knife for easy and safe storage. From dicing, slicing, and chopping fresh produce from a farmers 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.

HRC 63-64
Handle Material

Kaede Wood

Grade Kurouchi Stainless Clad Bolster Material Water Buffalo Horn (color varies)
Stain Resistant Yes, except along the knife's edge Handle Shape Octagonal
Blade Material Blue Steel #2 Saya Cover Optional
Edge Angle Double Edged

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