Etsu Knife

Nishida Migaki Kawamuki 115 mm

$109.95 $119.95
Blade Length 115 mm
Total Length 235 mm
Steel Shirogami (White) #1
Handle Cherry 
Ferrule Plastic
Rockwell 60-62
Height Spine to heel 40 mm
Width at Spine 2 mm
Weight  68 grams 

Nishida-san Is a young blacksmith working in the south of Japan near Kumamoto. He is in his late thirties which makes him very young in the blacksmithing world but your wouldn’t know it using his knives. He prefers to work with Shirogami (White) #1 steel using the traditional forge-welding technique that he learned making hunting knives from his master Hayashi-san. He later taught himself how to apply this technique to the forging of kitchen knives which has become his specialty since opening his own shop 13 years ago. His Migaki (Polished) line of knives feature beautiful edge geometry and are quite thin behind the edge and at the spine. They have an excellent cutting feel and are light and feel very nimble and comfortable in the hand. 

Kawamuki were designed specifically for chopping smaller vegetables like garlic and shallot and feature a tall blade relative to the length of the knife which offers a good amount of knuckle clearance for the user. Great if you find yourself having to brunoise a lot of shallot and ginger or any other small vegetable for that matter.

Knife Care (Iron Clad)

  • This Knife is made from 3 layers of material; A layer of iron on each side protecting a layer of carbon steel at the core, in a process referred to as Sanmai or forge welding. Iron and carbon steel are both susceptible to rust and must be kept dry and clean at all time’s to avoid oxidation and discolouration.
  • Simply wipe the knife with a damp cloth immediately after use.
  • Wash with regular dish soap and warm water using a none abrasive sponge or cloth.
  • Never put your knife in the dishwasher! The extreme heat will ruin the wooden handle.
  • Highly acidic ingredients (Onions, Tomatoes, Citrus) Will cause rust and oxidation to happen faster, thus the user must ensure the knife is wiped clean immediately after working with such an ingredient.
  • Should any rust form it can be removed using a rust eraser or a mixture of Baking soda and water to simply scrub it clean.
  • Avoid Bones, Frozen foods, nuts and hard candies or anything other than fruits, vegetables and proteins.

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