Tsutomu Kajiwara Blue #2 Damascus Ko-Bocho 105mm

Regular price £100.00

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The perfect small utility knife for chopping smaller ingredients, the classic ko bocho shape gives you plenty of clearance and the short blade works excellently and is very nimble.

First Impressions

At this price point we'd have to say that 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 when you look at the kurouchi finished version but the suminagashi finish on some of this range is beautiful!

In Hand

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


The Blue #2 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.

Our Verdict

In short - excellent.

You're getting a well made knife and a durable steel from a very experienced blacksmith at a really competitive price. Can't say fairer than that!

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Product details

  • Blade Length: 105mm (Measurement of the cutting edge)
  • Total Length: 227mm (Blade + Handle)
  • Blade Thickness: 3.13mm (Measured level with heel)
  • Blade Height: 35.3mm (Heel to spine)
  • Total Weight: 66 grams
  • Steel Type - Cladding: Soft Iron
  • Steel Type - Core: Blue Steel #2
  • This knife is made from a reactive carbon steel which is not stainless and has some special care instructions and properties – Read our carbon steel care guide here

  • Left or Right handed: Either
  • Hardness: 62-63 (HRC)
  • Handle Style: Japanese
  • Handle Material: Oval rosewood

Product SKU: 7405

Our aim is to measure and photograph all our products as accurately as possible but due to the handmade nature of many items, please be aware that there may be some variance in the measurements and that things such as blade and knife handle patterns can vary and presentation boxes may differ from those shown but we will always endeavour to provide the most accurate measurements, photos and descriptions of our products.

Some measurements such as HRC are provided by the manufacturer and should therefore be used as a guide.

Compatable saya or guard

This is a tall knife so a petty sized blade guard is the closest fit for it although please note that it will not protect the full height of the blade. 

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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.

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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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