Tsutomu Kajiwara Blue #1 Kurouchi Santoku

Regular price £110.00

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An excellent all rounder from a highly skilled blacksmith, the blue #1 steel takes a wicked edge and retains it well so you'll experience the sharpness and performance from the first cut.


At this price point we'd have to say tthat out of the box it is unexpectedly sharp compared to many knives. Typically you might want to hone a knife a little more just to really bring up the edge but it's evident from the first cut that the expertise and finishing skill of Kajiwara san has been utilised to the fullest extent and the knife is a great performer right away.


There are certainliy more visually stunning knives available on the site but if your goal is to find something that has classic looks and a focus on cutting performance then you might be onto something here!


Light and well balanced with a traditional oval wa handle means the knife is easy to use and manoeuvre. 


The Blue #1 steel used in the knife will take a very fine edge and thanks to its hardness should retain that edge well and is also actually pretty easy to sharpen and maintain so this knife will last a very long time with fairly minimal maintenence.

Ease of care

This is a fully reactive steel on both the cutting edge and in the iron cladding so will develop a patina all over the blade as you use it but it's still fairly easy to care for as long as you follow the normal rules - no dishwashers, rinse and dry after use and enjoy the patina as it develops.

Value for money

Excellent - you're getting a well made knife and a durable steel from a very experienced blacksmith.

Product details

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

A simple traditional card presentation box with which you can store the knife if you don't have a rack or saya.

Blacksmith Profile

Tsutomu Kajiwara

A third generation master blacksmith from Tosa, Kajiwara is noted for his skill and ability using traditional methods that create long lasting and vary sharp knives.

Helping you find the perfect knife

Cutting Edge Knives is a small family run business based in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. We love the history and craftsmanship that goes into making Japanese chef knives and the excitement and enjoyment you experience when using a truly sharp knife in the kitchen.

Since 2011 we've helped thousands of happy customers find the perfect knife for their cooking and hope to serve you soon.

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