The latest addition to our collection of Kotetsu Iron Clad knives, this is a slightly different shape to the rest.

Shibata San created this knife to be slightly different to the rest of the Iron Clad range, there is a lot more belly on the knife than the others mainly towards the front with a slightly more pronounced point. This will please any rock choppers out there and you can get quite high up on the tip which is great for precision work.

If you are looking for a saya for this knife, the Konosuke Kiritsuke saya is not made for the battleship but is a pretty good fit with only minimal movement.

This knife steel has some special care instructions: Caring for carbon Steel.

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.

5 / 5Overall performance

The immediately notable feature of the entire Kotetsu range is just how thin the blade is, in our tests we found it rated right up there with the best we stock and due to this much thinner construction it's also very noticeable how light the knife is as a whole.

5 / 5Beauty

*Please note that new stock now has a 'Jarrah wood handle which is lighter and redder, as we now have a mix of handles please check if you have a preference*. A dark brown and black octagonal rosewood handle in a traditional style combined with the clean, laminated finish of the blade gives a lovely contrast. The steeper, straight edge at the end of the blade instead of a more traditional rounded style creates a unique look.

5 / 5Durability

The powdered steel used in the blade construction will keep an edge for a long time although due to the very thin blade construction we think this knife might be best suited to someone who has a more careful and considered cutting technique to avoid micro-chips appearing although we found no big issues with it while chopping through a range of veg and meat.

4 / 5Ease of care

The usual instructions of not putting in the dishwasher apply of course and we found a quick rinse and dry after use and you'll have no problems at all.

4 / 5Comfort

We felt immediately that the lightness of the knife would be a big benefit for those who don't like the more Western style and it was extremely comfortable to use for extended periods.

5 / 5Value for money

The high quality blade and handle perform well and combined look the part without breaking the bank. If you're looking for performance at a very reasonable price then the Kotetsu is for you.

The technical bits

  • Blade length190mm(Measurement of the cutting edge)
  • Total length332mm(Blade + Handle)
  • Blade width2mm(Measured where blade enters handle)
  • Blade height43mm(Measured from blade heel to spine)
  • Total weight125 grams
  • Blade materialPowder cutting edge, laminated in Powder

    This knife steel has some special care instructions: Caring for carbon Steel.

  • Hardness63HRC
  • 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

Wrapped in the day's local newspaper and safely encased in a stylish black storage box with a red inlay and a small note from the blacksmiths explaining that this range is how they prize art and functionality; efficient cutting tools over ones that are simply beautiful. These are both.

Along with the normal packaging, we of course include our usual plasters just in case you're not quite ready for how sharp these knives are!

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.

Still need some advice choosing the right knife?

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