Shiro Kamo AS Kurouchi – Kiritsuke Gyuto 210mm
Kamo-San works from Takefu knife Village Echizen, Japan. He is one the founding members of TKV. The Kamo Kurouchi Santoku is hand-forged with Aogami 2/Blue Carbon steel 2 and hardened to 63-64 HRC. The knife has a Iron cladding around the Blue 2 Core steel. So keeping it clean and dry after use is super important to avoid rust from forming.
The knife has an incredible thin grind and cuts like a laser!
Kiritsuke Knife (切付包丁 – pronounced: Kiritsuke Bōchō) literally translated from Japanese means to ‘slit open’. The name insinuates that it finely slices open produce which is true as it is used for delicately opening up and producing smooth cuts.
The Kiritsuke is one of the few traditional multipurpose Japanese knives and the long sword-like design allows it to perform multiple tasks such as cutting vegetables and slicing fish. The straight blade profile and the edge does not allow for rock-cutting vegetables. A pull-cut motion for slicing raw fish and a push-cut motion for slicing vegetables should be applied.
The Kitisuke knife has a long, sword-like shape with a flat blade and a reverse tanto tip. The long length allows for easy slicing and the tip for precision work. The Kiritsuke has a single-bevel edge allowing it to be extremely sharp. Traditional Japanese knives characteristically have single-bevel edges. Most single-bevel knives are right-handed so if you are left-handed make sure to request.
Best for: Meat, Fish, Herbs, Vegetables
Kitchen Samurai Ease of Use Rating: Specialist – Easy to use but applies to specific food types
- Wash and dry the blade by hand immediately after use. Dishwashers are very bad for all knives.
- Use a soft cloth to wash the blade. Avoid abrasive dish scrubbers and powders as these can damage the finish of your beautiful knife.
- Do not cut through bones. You can certainly cut along/beside bones, but do not cut into bones. This can, at worst, chip the blade.
- Never use this knife to cut frozen food.
- Never twist or cleave the blade.
- Always use a wooden or plastic cutting board. Never cut on bamboo, glass, marble, slate, a plate, china, marble, arborite or anything harder than steel.
- Store knives in a way that the blades will not knock into each other.
- Never transport knives unprotected.