Grafting knife 200mm (7.9")
A grafting knife is a traditional Japanese form of small, versatile knife used mainly in fruit growing and gardening.
In Japan, grafting knives are traditionally used for pruning bonsai or other small trees as well as for grafting fruit trees. The knife shape enables easy grip and can be used for all kinds of different tasks. The main advantages of this kind of knife are the control over the blade tip and its strength, the possibility of a reverse grip and pull-cut technique to manipulate the material we're cutting (such as leather or cardboard) in a controlled manner. As mentioned it allows for diverse grips for different types of cutting and most importantly, the knife fits well into the palm of your hand (suitable for right-handed users only!). It is basicaly a great work knife that every workshop and craftsman should own.
Feels most at home when:
- pruning fruit trees
- trimming leather or wood (branches and similar, don't try cutting down whole trees with it! :))
- cutting ropes
- using in upholstery
- cutting veneer
- cutting leather
- cutting stitches on leather and fabric
- opening boxes
- office work - opening letters, cutting lines, packing
- being used as a versatile work knife in a workshop
STEEL AND CARE:
The blade is laminated and single beveled, the blade and the handle are both made of steel. It is very easy to re-sharpen. The length of the whole knife is 200mm. The steel is hardened to 61-62 HRC.
The blade has visible traces of being hammered and a Kuro-uchi finish and will gain patina in time as the knife is forged of Shirogami steel (white steel 2), which has a smaller percentage of Chromium. The advantage of such a blade is its long-lasting sharpness and ease of sharpening. The knife needs to be taken care of though, it should not be left wet and have oil applied to the blade every so often - we recommend using Ballistol oil.