Kikuichi Kokaji stainless Petty Sanmai, oval Magnolia -150 mm-SKU: KP150
Kikuichi Kokaji Sanmai petty
This Japanese paring knife is made of Japanese VG-1 (stainless) steel. This double-sided sharpened knife is completely hand-forged by Kikuichi's master blacksmith. The blade is very thin and manually sharpened and has no thickenings, which makes sharpening very easy. A petty knife is a short and narrow universal knife that can be used for preparing meat, fish and for peeling fruit and vegetables.
- Blade length: 150 mm
- Total length: xxx mm
- Weight: xxx grams
- Blade thickness: xxx mm
- Steel type: Japanese VG-1 steel (stainless)
- Hardness: 59-60 (Rockwell C)
- Handle: Oval magnolia wooden (Honoki) handle with black buffalo horn bolster.
Like all Japanese knives, the handmade knives from Kikuichi are not dishwasher safe, cleaning and drying after each use is the best treatment for these exclusive products.
Kikuichi Monjyu Shiro Kanenaga
Kikuichi has a long and impressive history. The current forge has been in the well-known "knife town" Sakai for 100 years, but the foundation of the brand started well before that. Over 700 years ago, the then Emperor of Japan, Emperor Gotoba, commissioned Shiro Kanenaga (the founder of Kikuichi) to become his personal swordsmith. For centuries, Kikuichi's smiths made swords for the emperors. The imperial symbol of the "Chrysanthemum" was visible on the swords and this can be seen on the blades to this day. The chrysanthemum is the national symbol of Japan. The imperial seal is a stylized chrysanthemum, and the country has a knighthood named after the flower, the Chrysanthemum Order.
Shiro Kanenaga is one of Kikuichi's distant ancestors and his name is integrated into the company's current name: Kikuichi Monjyu Shiro Kanenaga, Kikuichi: literally "First Chrysanthemum", Monjyu is the Buddha worshiped by Shiro Kanenaga in Nara, his hometown south of Osaka.