Makiri Yokote Kogatana 90mm (3.5")
The Makiri Yokote Kogatana 90mm is a multi-purpose knife of collector's value!
Yokote is a Japanese laminated blade for shaping, carving, and even splicing trees in the garden. The single-bevel blade has a diagonally cut tip, which is extremely useful for precise tasks. Kogatana also means "little sword". It is therefore a small and useful (utility) knife with a beautiful wooden handle, which continues into a protective saya, formed from a single piece of wood. The handle and saya have a delicate decorative marquetry in the shape of a plum blossom, which symbolizes the coming of spring in Japan. It is also a sign of virtue, courage, marriage, happiness, overcoming difficulties, and a symbol of samurai.
The single-bevel blade is hand-forged from Aogami steel (Blue steel 2), hardness 61-62 HRC. The core and outer layers of the knife have a lower percentage of chromium, which means that the blade will get some patina over time. The advantage of such a blade is that it has a very fine sharpness, which lasts a long time and is eventually very easy to touch up. The blade is finished with a bronze layer and subtle hammer prints.
Blade shape: Makiri
Steel type: Shirogami #2
Blade construction: Ni-mai / Kuro-uchi & tsuchime
Hardness (HRC scale): 61-62
Overall length: 210mm (8.3")
Blade length: 90mm (3.5")
Blade height: 23mm (0.9")
Spine thickness: 2.9mm (0.11")
Weight: 110g (3.9 oz)
Handle length: 97mm (3.8")
Handle type / wood: Japanese / Japanese Pagoda wood
Kanji on the blade:
Blacksmith: Ikeuchi Hamono
Location of the smithy: MIKI / Hyōgo 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.
☝️ THIS KNIFE MAY DEVELOP PATINA
Knives made of carbon steels can, due to their low chromium (Cr) content, discolor and develop patina. The knife is the most sensitive when it is still new and a patina had not developed yet, but later, patina will protect the blade. These types of knives require a touch more care:
✔ Wipe it regularly with a clean and dry cloth (you can also do this during use).
✔ After use, rinse it with lukewarm water and wipe it dry.
✔ Coat it regularly with knife maintenance oil or plain refined sunflower oil.
✔ Store the knife by wrapping it in paper which will absorb moisture and protect the blade.
A patina is a thin layer that forms on the surface of oxidized steel and protects it from further oxidation. The patina should not be confused with rust. Patina protects the blade, while rust causes corrosion and deterioration of material, so it should be removed (see Rust erasers).
→ For in-depth information about patina, read our dedicated post on patina.
GENERAL KNIFE CARE TIPS:
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.
✔ Use a magnetic rack, knife blocks, or use 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.
❗️A knife is a tool intended for specific use: it’s not a can opener, screwdriver, trowel, wire cutter, hammer etc. Kitchen knives are meant for preparing food.
→ For more details, read our guide on Maintenance of Kitchen Knives.
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*or more, depending on the weight
DUTIES AND IMPORT TAXES:
We ship all orders DDP (duties & taxes paid). This means you will not be charged for any import fees and taxes (including VAT). All our prices are final. The price you see at checkout is the final price, no hidden costs.
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- US & Canada: 2-4 business days
- Rest of the World: 3-5 business days
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.
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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