Moritaka Knives Aogami Super Kiritsuke 240mm
Are you still after that samurai dream and want a Japanese kitchen knife that has everything you need, and leaves out everything you don't? Try out a Moritaka Hamono and see why they have been in business for so long.
Some people need to believe that the smith who forged their Japanese kitchen knife also forged samurai swords way back when, in order to conjure that fantasy we are all after of wanting to be a samurai. Well, Moritaka Hamono is about as close as it gets to that fantasy, having forged swords, now kitchen knives on the islands of Okinawa for the last ~725 years and 31 generations of experience.
About the knife: this knife has a core steel of Aogami Super (Blue Super Steel) which delivers incredible sharpness and edge retention wrapped in a kurouchi finish. Moritaka-san's kurouchi finish is in our opinion one of the more distinguishable ones around. Maybe that 700 years of history has something to do with it.
There exists the three staple knives of Japanese cuisine (deba, yanagiba, usuba), and then there's the kiritsuke. Often portrayed as "the master of all knives" and traditionally single bevel though this one is double bevel, it was believed that only one person per professional kitchen could utilize this knife, the master. A knife which when in the hands of a skilled user, one could easily use to mince garlic or oblique cut scallions.
At 240mm and a very functional k-tip, this knife is as versatile as you allow it to be. From julienning spring onions to slicing your roast, a kiritsuke's beauty lies in the hands of the beholder.
We recommend adding on our professional sharpening service to get the best out of the box experience.
- Maker: Moritaka Hamono
- Construction: Warikomi
- Cladding: Kurouchi Finished Iron Cladding
- Core Steel: Aogami Super Steel (Blue Super)
- HRC: 65
- Weight: 192g
- Blade Length: 240mm
- Overall Length: 390mm
- Spine at Heel: 3mm
- Spine Mid Blade: 1.8mm
- Height: 50mm
- Finish: Kurouchi
- Handle: Walnut Octagonal
This knife looks rustic and feels heavier than most of my other Japanese knives, but cutting feels incredibly refined. The small sacrifice in weight allows it to glide through food effortlessly.
Perfect, Moritaka is known for their steel quality and this knife is a testament to it
The rustic/rough look is awesome, the handle feels nice and the cutting is flawless
Homecook beware of it size as it's quite large
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