Hokiyama Kiritsuke Ginsanko 210mm (8.3") - BLADE_1


Hokiyama Kiritsuke Ginsanko 210mm (8.3") - BLADE


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Hokiyama Kiritsuke Ginsanko 210mm (8.3") is a multi-purpose Japanese kitchen knife, suitable for use at home, as well as in a professional kitchen.

This blade is available without a handle. This is your chance to make your own handle or order it separately, so you can put together a one-of-a-kind knife that is perfectly suited to your taste and needs. The knife is also available with an oval handle in rosewood.

Due to its resistance to corrosion, it is suitable for first-time buyers of a Japanese kitchen knife. It can also serve as a wonderful gift!

The Kiritsuke blade shape is a multifunctional Japanese kitchen knife, suitable for everyday use. The 210mm (8.3") blade length is an optimal size for chopping vegetables, as well as cutting larger pieces of meat and fish.

The heart of this knife is made of Hitachi's Silver III steel, also named Ginsan steel or Ginsanko, which was hardened to around 63 HRC. Due to its high content of Chromium (Cr), Ginsan steel will resist corrosion very well.

It has a double bevel (symmetrical) blade.

At the bottom of the blade, we can see a very pronounced, curvy line that extends along the entire length of the blade. This is the line between the core and the two softer, outer layers of steel that serve as additional protection of the core steel. This cladding of the harder core steel with softer outer steels is called san-mai clad. Most Japanese knives are made this way today.

The knife bears visible impressions of the hand-forging process. Beautiful and unique hammer dents were left unpolished on the top part of the blade – the blade's surface sports a beautiful hammered nashiji finish, resembling the skin of the Asian pear, which is then separated from the cutting edge by a smooth kasumi line. The nashiji finish also serves a practical purpose, preventing slices of food from sticking to the blade while cutting.

This knife is without a handle, so you can choose among several options and fit your favorite. Browse our selection of handles and create your own, custom-looking knife! If you would like to have the selected handle fitted to the blade by us, select Handle fitting service when adding the blade to the cart.

Hokiyama Hamono is a leading smithy in Kochi Prefecture, Japan. They have been making Japanese knives for more than the past 100 years (they were founded in 1919). Hokiyama Hamono is known for the excellent quality of their knives. They use traditional skills, which have been around for over 800 years, to make them. Their work reflects the handiwork and traditional craftsmanship that has been passed down from generation to generation, yet they also strive to combine this with ever-new knowledge and innovation. Their knives combine the best of both worlds – they make knives using ancient traditional methods and, at the same time, follow modern technological guidelines and innovations in the field of metallurgy, material processing, and production processes. Hokiyama, in the smithy's own words, is a fusion of tradition (土佐 一), innovation (無限), and practicality (左近).

Each knife in the workshop goes through about 50 different processes, which are performed and controlled by experienced craftsmen. Among the various steps required to make a Hokiyama knife, there is a special process called Rolling-Forging. It enables the efficient and uniform production of knives while maintaining the properties and qualities of Japanese steel.

    Blade shape: Kiritsuke

    Steel type: Ginsan (Silver III)

    Blade construction: San-mai / V-edge / kasumi, nashiji

    Hardness (HRC scale): 63

    Overall length: 304mm (12.0")

    Blade length: 210mm (8.3")

    Blade height: 45mm (1.8")

    Spine thickness: 2.0mm (0.08")

    Weight: 110g (3.9 oz)

    Tang length: 90mm (3.5")

    Recommended handle size: M

    Kanji on the blade: "SharpEdge" 鋭い刃

    Blacksmith: Hokiyama

    Location of the smithy: TOSA / Kōchi Prefecture / Japan

    ☝️ Japanese kitchen knives in our store are handmade from natural materials. Slight variations in color, texture, weight and other dimensions are possible. We try to give a good photographic representation of our products, however computer screen resolution and colors do vary, so products might not look exactly as they are seen on screen.

    Blade wear depends on the quality of steel, usage and maintenance of the blade. Japanese knives are made of high-quality steels. Follow these tips to keep your Japanese knife in top-notch shape:

    ✔ Use a wooden, plastic or rubber cutting board.
    ✔ After use, wash the knives and wipe them dry.
    ✔ For storage, use a knife holder or a protective knife sheath (saya).
    ✔ A good cutting technique is your best bet to prolong sharpness.
    ✔ Use sharpening stones to sharpen the knife.

    ❗️Don’t leave the knife in the sink. Wash it by hand.
    ❗️Don’t wash the knife in the dishwasher.
    ❗️Don’t use the knife on glass, ceramics, marble or steel surfaces.
    ❗️Don’t scrape the food off the cutting board with the edge of the blade. Use the spine of the knife instead.
    ❗️Knife is a tool intended for specific use - cutting food. It is not a can opener, screwdriver, trowel, wire cutter, hammer etc.

    → For more details, read our guide
    Maintenance of Kitchen Knives.

    🤙 Contact us if you need some help. We reply within 1 business day.

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    - United Kingdom
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    - Russia (currently not available) - shipping to Russia costs €40. All orders are shipped with EMS postal service.

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    Our return policy lasts 30 days. If more than 30 days have gone by since the day you received your order, unfortunately we can’t offer you a refund or exchange.

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    This blade can be paired with our traditional custom-made maple burl handles

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    → TOTTORI SAND takes us on a walk across the Tottori dunes of western Japan⁠. A sandy brown color is inspired by the infinitely swirly sand dunes.

    → TOKYO NIGHT reminds us of the flashing lights of Tokyo’s Harajuku.⁠ The color of these handles varies from light to dark grey, with soft or deep hues of red and swirls of cream.

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    → KYOTO SUNSET warms us with the glow of sunset over Kyoto. 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.

    If you like a particular color hue, please contact us before placing an order.

    Handle Fitting service

    Add Handle Fitting service to your cart when you order a blade (knife without a handle) and a custom handle from us and want us to install the handle on the blade for you.

    Each knife comes with:

    ✔️ Instructions and knife care leaflet.
    ✔️ A preventive Band-Aid – the knives are very sharp! 😉
    ✔️ Original box from the blacksmith, which we wrap in an old Japanese newspaper sheet – so every knife is ready to be passed on as a gift as soon as it hits your doorstep!
    ✔️ We also offer a special gift wrapping option with the traditional Japanese washi paper.

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