Here in the USA, you may or may not have heard of Kikuichi knives before (their logo is the Chrysanthemum), but the company has been producing some of Japan's finest quality kitchen and sushi knives for well over a century, and was producing some of the finest quality samurai swords for over 700 years before that. To say the least, they have a tradition of excellence.
When Japan's Meiji revolution of modernity forced the family that continues to run the company to shift gears and sword-making became forbidden, their product line changed but their artistic attention to detail did not, as this knife plainly shows. To this day, every Kikuichi knife is truly a work of art in steel and wood, a quantum leap above and beyond western knives costing more. Made sometime in the 1950's-60's in the gyuto style that has come today to define the perfect fusion between oriental and western styles of chef knives, this carbon steel beauty is lightning fast and yet substantial enough to enable the expert dispatch of any challenge your kitchen can present. It's found pre-owned but still in excellent condition, as the photos show, beautifully balanced in the hand for executing the most demanding and delicate chopping, dicing, and slicing tasks--WICKEDKLY razor sharp and ready to amaze you with its performance.
This is an ambidextrous knife--neither right-handed nor left--something of a rarity in this regard. At some point in this fine knife's history a previous owner built his own saya, or wooden protective scabbard, to cover the blade for storage and transport, protecting the knife and any unfortunate user who might be injured by it.Together they make quite the lovely couple, don't they? In the decades immediately following WW2, Japanese companies did anything and everything to get back on their feet, producing consumer goods for export to the USA as much as possible, to bring hard U. Many companies in the cutlery business, faced with starvation, often produced superior quality goods at prices that would've previously been impossible, owing to the weak yen and the great abundance in Japan of highly-skilled labor who were willing to work for survival wages. The result for some was that they had to produce INCREDIBLY fine knives to compete with much less impressive American-made products at the same prices. I believe this knife is the product of just such a situation, and was probably imported in small numbers for sale in specialty shops or to restaurant supply companies doing business in Chinatown's and Little Tokyo's in America's larger cities of the west coast. There are a few other considerations to point out--primary among them that this is NOT a knife for anybody and everybody. You should be someone who is comfortable maintaining a hard steel edge or who is at least willing and able to bring it to a professional who can (and I don't mean your local butcher or locksmith). But what also needs to be pointed out, and what you can't really appreciate until you have it in hand, is exactly how WELL it was crafted. Notice how finely the blade was forged: as thinly as possible without sacrificing one bit of strength--just perfect--and the resulting cutting geometry is RAZOR SHARP and SMOOOTH. It chops and dices with such precision that most first-time users of such a knife will truly find a revelation of performance. Handles were made from tight, beautifully-grained dessert ironwood of the highest quality, brass-riveted over a full tang--beautifully balanced, and as warm and comfortable in the hand as it is to behold. You will, after one or two uses, soon agree that such a knife is indispensable to any serious chef. If you've used carbon steel knives before, you know the delight of using one. If not, you're in for a most pleasant surprise. You must wipe them down after each use but their beauty (it's much nicer in person than the digital pix make it appear) and superior performance are worth it.
The fit and finish of its blade and handles is exquisite. Like all fine knives, this chef's knife has a fully hand-forged blade with integral bolster and tang. There is no disputing its quality--it's simply world class--or in the pleasure that a trained hand will experience in its usage. Though used and sharpened extensively, it's still in excellent condition, as you can see in the photos, with no problems of ANY kind--somewhat remarkable considering its age.Don't pass up an opportunity to truly elevate the quality of cutlery in YOUR kitchen, amateur or professional with a knife you'll rightly come to think of as an heirloom. Our store's inventory is searchable using the search field or may be browsed by clicking on categories, with each option found on the left side of the store's homepage. Don't see it or can't find what you're looking for? It's wrong--it's STEALING--and you WILL be turned in to us by one of the legion of our loyal customers, who inevitably see your plagiarism and notify us about it. All items come from a smoke-free home. There will be NO EXCEPTIONS to this policy. If you dislike this or find this unfair, PLEASE shop elsewhere; we only want happy customers and it's our feeling that no one should be able to claim dissatisfaction with this policy, since we're stating it up front. It's not an attempt to profit, simply the only way my elderly bones can continue to offer so many items. WE SELF-INSURE using our business policy. I will gladly send you the forms necessary to file. Late, so again, we ask you in advance to please forgive our humanity.
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IMPORTANT: After TWELVE YEARS of doing everything we could to hold the line on int'l. If you're not in total agreement with us here or disagree for any reason, again, we can only urge you to PLEASE shop elsewhere. We'd like to sell'em cheaper.. But MY WIFE won't let me!! The item "FINE Old KIKUICHI Japanese Carbon Steel Gyuto Sushi Chef Knife withSaya RAZOR KEEN" is in sale since Monday, July 27, 2020.This item is in the category "Collectibles\Kitchen & Home\Kitchenware\Utensils\Cutlery". The seller is "ralph1396" and is located in Los Angeles, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.