€ 220.00

Kitaoka Matsuba Damascus 120mm (4.7")

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Kitaoka Matsuba is a special looking knife with an atypical shape. Matsuba is a small, universal knife that can be used as an all-rounder petty knife. Like all Kitaoka knives, this one is also single bevel, only suitable for right-handed users. Beautiful 12-layer Damascus pattern is complemented with the hand-etched kanji on the top part of the blade.

The core of the Matsuba is made of the high performing Shirogami White #2 carbon steel, known for its superior edge retention and fine, smooth sharpness, but it will develop a patina and needs more maintenance. Steel was hardened to around 63 HRC.

Hideo Kitaoka is another highly regarded blacksmith of the famous Takefu village, known for many skilled blacksmiths. Mr. Kitaoka specializes in making high-end, hand-made, traditional single bevel sushi knives for a relatively affordable price. A wooden Japanese style dark sandalwood wa handle was attached to the Matsuba, featuring a buffalo horn ferrule.


Blade shape: Matsuba (Petty)
Steel type: Shirogami White #2
Hardness (HRC scale): 63
Overall length: 243mm (9.6")
Blade length:
120mm (4.7")
Blade height:
20mm (0.8")
Spine thickness: 2.6mm (0.1")
Weight: 60g (2.1 oz)
Handle length: 109mm (4.3")
Handle type / wood:
Japanese / Sandalwood
Blacksmith: Hideo Kitaoka


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.

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