Originally designed for preparing fugu (blowfish), the improper preparation of which can easily result in death for the customer, the fuguhiki is pointier, more slender and just a tad sharper than the yanagi, which is a more general-purpose sashimi knife. Many of the world's rock-star sushi chefs prefer a fuguhiki for all of their work, but whether you're buiying for part-time or full-time use, you're in for the ride of a lifetime.
This knife shares all of the hand-wrought attention to detail that has kept Kikuichi knives at the forefront in Japan for over 700 years, but the amount of labor required to produce the thinner blade is actually quite considerable. The white steel of this knife is just slightly softer than a blue steel knife and accordingly, is easier to work which is why the best white steel knives are preferred by most elite professional chefs.This knife also has a slightly smaller footprint but it is anything but small, made with a 12" blade that's 1-3/16" wide and 3/32" thick (knife is 17.75" overall length), painstakingly hand honed at the factory to an edge that is beyond razor sharp, and sheathed in its matching wooden saya, which locks by virtue of a dowel. Saya is ho wood, like its octagonal handle, which is hafted onto the tang of blade with a genuine horn bolster. It comes to you brand new, never used, in its original box with all papers.. By far, though, all of that is secondary. The star of THIS show is the blade, hand-forged in an incredibly labor-intensive technique that is as much art-form as skill.
Steel for these blades is batched individually to permit the master bladesmith the utmost in control. This is not a clad knife but is solid honyaki white carbon steel, fully on par with the very finest ever produced--an heirloom that you will pass down to your progeny. Kikuichi knives like this are unmatched in Western experience and present an opportunity for you or the lucky chef on your gift list to enjoy new worlds of performace, in the preparation of sushi or anything else you imagination may conjure. With this knife in hand, the sky truly is the limit. One word of caution, though: honing these knives is not for amateurs and unless you or your loved one is skilled and trained in honing just such a knife, we highly recommend only professional sharpening.
Here in the USA, you may or may not have heard of Kikuichi knives before (their logo is the Chrysanthemum), but the company has been producing some of Japan's finest quality kitchen and sushi knives for well over a century, and was producing some of the finest quality samurai swords for over 700 years before that. To say the least, they have a tradition of excellence.
When Japan's Meiji revolution of modernity forced the family that continues to run the company to shift gears and sword-making became forbidden, their product line changed but their artistic attention to detail did not, as this knife plainly shows. To this day, every Kikuichi knife is truly a work of art in steel and wood, a quantum leap above and beyond western knives, including some custom knives costing far more.Throughout the world, Kikuichi weapons are widely collected at top dollar and as Americans come to know these fine kitchen knives, I have little doubt that they, too, will be highly prized by collectors, connoisseurs of quality and discerning users alike. In terms of the quality of their hand-forged carbon steel blades, or in the craftsmanship with which they are assembled, you will find NONE finer.
This is not just hype. I've used and tested some of the most esoteric kitchen knives on the planet, with some damascus knives costing many thousands of dollars more, and Kikuichi knives are consistently out-performing knives that cost MUCH more.
We fully guarantee your satisfaction with it and you may return it--unused--for any reason. An heirloom-quality piece for the serious connoisseur, whether for use or collection.
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The item "FINE New Kikuichi Honyaki White Steel Sushi Chef Fuguhiki Sashimi Slicing Knife" is in sale since Tuesday, August 11, 2015. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Kitchen & Home\Kitchenware\Utensils\Cutlery".The seller is "ralph1396" and is located in Los Angeles, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.