Matsubara Hamono ZDP-189 Sujihiki 270 mm

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Blade Length  268 mm
Total Length  416 mm
Steel  ZDP-189
Handle  Rosewood
Ferrule Turquoise
Rockwell 67
Height Spine to heel  34 mm
Width at Spine  2.1 mm
Weight  166 g
Bevel  Double


The Blacksmith 

Tanaka Kama Kogyo is the leader of the Matsubara hamono workshop and directs a small team of employees along with his son who is slated to take over operations after Tanaka-sans retirement. He forge welds the steel he uses to make his knives in house which is becoming a rarity even amongst skilled blacksmiths in Japan. They work in the Nagasaki region of Japan and make some truly awesome knives which are loved by knife enthusiasts for their edge retention and tall blades. Each blade is very handmade and unique, as head Blacksmith, Katsuto Tanaka-san, hand forges using traditional techniques, working with primarily Shirogami #2 and Aogami #2 steel. The family also has a history in sword-making and tool making, and has since transitioned to kitchen knives, for their practicality and growing demand for traditionally crafted products. 

Matsubara Hamono blades have an above average blade height, as they tend to lean over 50mm tall. Their profiles are easily recognizable for the height, as well as gentle curve, with a large flat spot towards the heel, making them very versatile in shape. The height makes knuckle clearance a non-issue, and doubles as an easy ingredient scooper! The blade width typically holds steady from heel to tip, and the thinness towards the edge varies from midweight to quite fine, making them feel robust with a smooth cutting feel.

The Knife

The word "Sujihiki" translates to "Flesh Slicer", which is a great name as this shape is designed for just that, slicing flesh. Whether it's raw or cooked the long, slender blade allows the user to make long drawing strokes helping to achieve the perfect slices. The Sujihiki is double beveled meaning it angles in from both sides of the blade making it easy to use and suitable for use in western kitchens. 

Knife Care (Stainless Steel)

  • Although this knife is made from stainless steel we do still encourage our customers to keep their knives as dry and clean as possible.
  • NO DISHWASHER - the high heat will ruin the wooden handle.
  • Wash and dry by hand using regular dish soap and warm water using a none abrasive sponge or cloth.
  • Ensure the knife is dry before being put away for storage and ensure the edge of the knife is protected to avoid any unnecessary dulling.
  • Avoid Bones, Frozen foods, nuts and hard candies or anything other than fruits, vegetables and proteins.

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