A beautiful limited edition knife from the GS+ range.

This knife is a hybrid of a usuba and a yanagiba making an all purpose knife similar to a gyuto. This particular kiritsuke has a double bevel to suit the western market and a nashiji finish on the upper blade unlike the other knives in this range.

Its looks are similar to the smaller bunka with its reverse tanto profile and indeed it does have the same useful tip for precision work and the flat belly for chopping and push cutting.

Please note that this knife is heavier and has a thicker spine/blade than the others in the GS+ range but the same great looks!

There is a specially made saya to fit this knife.

What we thought about this knife

We have personally tested and reviewed this knife to give you an honest and personal opinion about it and this is how it rates. Remember these scores are a reflection of the company these knives keep, all our knives are great (or we wouldn't sell them) but we can't give them all 5/5. A low score doesn't mean it's a poor knife, it just might be out-trumped by one of our other amazing knives.

4 / 5Overall performance

Pretty sharp out of the box but will benefit from a go on the stones where it will get extremely sharp! Easy to sharpen too.

4 / 5Beauty

A very elegant, simple knife in terms of looks with a polished finish and an embossed kanji on the blade. The longer khii handle coupled with the excellent fit and finish gives it a very stylish look. 

5 / 5Durability

This knife is thicker than the others in the GS+ range.

4 / 5Ease of care

This is a semi-stainless knife so whilst it won't need the care of a full carbon knife, it isn't completely stainless so some spotting may occur. Word on the street is that it seems pretty stainless but always best to wipe down after use!

5 / 5Comfort

This knife is very light and the finish of the spine and heel means that there are no sharp edges to catch your fingers on. The octagonal waa handle can be used for left or right handed use too and with the balance point being on or around a pinch grip this knife is very comfortable to use.

4 / 5Value for money

Konsosuke knives are very sought after, and we can see why. The fit and finish on these is excellent and we think they provide great value for money. 

The technical bits

  • Blade length201mm(Measurement of the cutting edge)
  • Total length359mm(Blade + Handle)
  • Blade width2mm(Measured where blade enters handle)
  • Blade height47mm(Measured from blade heel to spine)
  • Total weight146 grams
  • Blade materialStainless cutting edge, laminated in Stainless
  • Hardness61:62HRC
  • Handle styleJapanese
  • Tang styleHalf
  • Left or right handedBoth

Our aim is to measure everything as accurately as possible but some specifications (such as hardness for example) are provided by the manufacturer and therefore should be used as a guide only.

What you get with the knife

Beautiful black boxes with the Kanji inlaid on the lid. On the inside you will find a black stepped inlay and your beautiful knife of course inside a black cardboard sheath.

All our knives also come with free blue plasters just in case you're not ready for the sharpness! If you intend to use your knives regularly then we don't advise you to use the boxes for day to day storage, get a magnetic knife rack instead.

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