These are easily some of the most beautiful knives we have at the shop. Made by Master BlacksmithYu Kurosakiwho works out of a newly constructed shop just steps from the Takefu knife village community centre. He began his blacksmith journey in 2002 at Kanehiro and now only 17 short years later he has been awarded his Master Blacksmith designation by the Echizen Blacksmith Foundation. His knives represent the future of Blacksmithing in Japan as he focuses on traditional technique while using innovative and progressive design's and finishes that have garnered the attention of many chef's around the globe. Simply put his knives are stunning to look at and dare we say perform even better than they look.
Takefu Knife Village
The Takefu Knife Village is a cooperative workshop in the Echizen region of Japan. It is the home to a long list of blacksmiths that we work with and many young and upcoming apprentices learning the trade. The area has a 700 year long history of smithing with roots in agricultural tools turned cutlery powerhouse.
This is a new line fromYu Kurosakiutilizing the roll forge technique which cuts down the cost, but you still get the great steel (R2/SG2), thin grind, and fit and finish of the Shizuku line. These fall into the laser category and while are more delicate than some other knives have a buttery smooth cutting feel due to the thinness behind the edge from the high bevel grinds. R2 is a powdered steel so it has a very fine and consistent grain structure and is one of our favorite stainless steels in the shop. Not only will it sharpen deceivingly fast for a stainless but the fine grain structure means it will benefit from being brought to a higher grit much like carbon steels.
The petty knife is the perfect companion to any larger knife such as a gyuto, kiritsuke, santoku, or bunka. While the larger knife is great for all the on-the-board tasks you make come across, the petty knife is great for all the in-hand and detail oriented work. Be it peeling, trimming or capping produce, detail oriented work, to light butchery work the petty knife is always the second knife we recommend adding to any kit to add maximum versatility!