Custom ZDP-189 Kiritsuke Black 240mm (9.5")
Custom ZDP-189 Kiritsuke Black 240mm (9.5")
Custom ZDP-189 Kiritsuke Black 240mm (9.5")
Custom ZDP-189 Kiritsuke Black 240mm (9.5")
Custom ZDP-189 Kiritsuke Black 240mm (9.5")
Custom ZDP-189 Kiritsuke Black 240mm (9.5")
€ 405.00

Custom ZDP-189 Kiritsuke Black 240mm (9.5")

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 ZDP-189 Kiritsuke Black 240mm (9.5") blade paired with our brand new SharpEdge stabwood handles in grey/orange/emerald green. 

Kiritsuke is a multi-purpose, Japanese kitchen knife with blade shape that is a hybrid of the Yanagiba (slicer knife, mostly used for sushi) and the Usuba (a specialized knife for cutting vegetables). It is intended for chefs who have prior experience with Japanese knives. You can use it for various tasks but it performs best when you cut meat or chop larger amounts of vegetables. The colour of the blade is dark which is the reason why this look is also called Kuro-uchi finish – the word “kuro” means black. This look is traditional and robust, with an unprocessed top part of the blade that has already developed a dark patina. The hand-forged blade bears visible signs of being pounded with a hammer. This doesn’t only give it a beautiful, rustic finish but also prevents food sticking to its surface.

The heart of the knife is made of ZDP-189 steel, which we selected because systematic testing has proven its superior qualities and long-lasting sharpness.

The steel contains as much as 3% Carbon (C), which is one of the main elements contributing strength and typically found in amounts of up to only 1% in other types of solid steel, while the Chromium (Cr) content, which prevents corrosion, amounts to nearly 20%. It also features 1.5% Tungsten (W), which considerably increases the abrasion resistance of steel, 1.3% Molybdenum (Mo), which helps to preserve the strength and power of steel under variable temperatures, and 0.10% Vanadium (V), the key element in increasing steel strength.

Steel is laminated, which entails that the core is made of very strong steel covered with an external layer of softer stainless steel. Such a blade remains sharp for a very long time; its softer external layer makes it easier to sharpen, and it also protects the core steel from external factors.

We paired this Gyuto blade with our new custom maple burl handles in three different colors:

→ KYOTO SUNSET: Traditional Japanese handle with a modern twist in an orange color named Kyoto Sunset. It feels like holding something smooth and warm in your hand – a glow in the sky at sunset or a burst of bright autumn color.
 TOKYO NIGHT:
 Traditional Japanese handle with a modern twist in a dark color named Tokyo Night. The color of these handles varies from light to dark grey with soft or deep hues of red and swirls of cream. If you like a particular hue, please contact us before placing an order.   
 OKINAWA REEF:
 Traditional Japanese handle with a modern twist in a soothing, emerald green color named Okinawa Reef. It feels like immersing your hand in shimmering coastal waters during summer.

We choose a universal, octagonal shape that comfortably fits the hands of both right- and left-hand users. It offers a firm grip for easy and comfortable use of the knife and makes even the most difficult tasks a breeze. The weight of the handle is suited to Japanese blades, so the knife will be evenly balanced.  

Handles are made of natural maple wood harvested in North China, Russia and the USA. It undergoes a special procedure of stabilization with resin, which ensures a very long service life of the handle. During this process of stabilization, a color pigment is added and is then absorbed in the wood fibres. After the final treatment and polishing, the handle reveals the grain of the wood. For the handles, blocks of maple with irregular and non-uniform structure are used, thus the dyes penetrate the wood in different ways, creating unique patterns. This makes every handle one-of-a-kind. 

Color and patterns of handles may vary from what is seen in the pictures. If you like a particular color hue, please contact us before placing an order.

ZDP-189 Kiritsuke is the pick of the bunch as regards what one desires in a kitchen knife and is made of steel with a hardness of 65-67 HRC that will ensure fine, long-lasting sharpness even by Japanese standards! 

About the smithy: 

The Kiritsuke blade knife is manufactured at the smithy of Yoshida Hamono in Japan, a family company with an age-long tradition in manufacturing state-of-the-art tools and Japanese swords, i.e. katanas, by hand. Yoshida Hamono has a great deal of experience forging ZDP-189 steel in the traditional manner.

Japanese Handles:

Specifications:

Blade shape: Kiritsuke
Steel type: ZDP-189
Hardness (HRC scale): 65-67
Overall length: 395mm (15.6")
Blade length:
240mm (9.5")
Blade height:
52mm (2.0")
Spine thickness: 2mm (0.09")
Blacksmith: Yoshida Hamono


Use & Care:

  • Handwash in warm water and towel dry
  • Use a sharpening stone (not a honing steel!) to sharpen your knife
  • Do not cut frozen foods and meat bones
  • Do not put the knife in a dishwasher
  • Read our comprehensive guide on proper Maintenance of Kitchen Knives.

Still doubting which type of Japanese knife should best fit your needs? We created a quick, 5-steps quiz to help you find the perfect knife based on your cooking skills and the type of food you prepare.