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.
Fun fact about the kamagata knife shape, it was not originally designed and intended to be used as a kitchen knife. In fact unlike a knife that meets contact with the top of a cutting board, the kamagata was used to be in contact with the bottom of a shoe, specifically to cut the rubber into the soles of shoes.
"Ok so then, why should I get this as a kitchen knife?" Easy, first it's adorable. Second, with a generous belly height and highly rounded tip, this is the perfect knife to mince your herbs, scallions, garlic, and whatever else your adorable heart desires. You will be surprised at how much use you can get out of this knife. It is no wonder it may have started cutting rubber off of shoes, but now it's being spotted more and more in people's kitchens.
Maker: Moritaka Hamono
Cladding: Kurouchi Iron Cladding
Core Steel: Aogami Super Steel aka Blue Super
Blade length: 130mm
Overall Length: 265mm
Blade Height: 67mm
Spine at Heel: 3.2mm
Spine Mid: 1.8mm'
Blade Weight: 140g
Grind: 50 / 50
Handle: Octagonal Walnut Wa