Tsutomu Kajiwara Blue #1 Kurouchi Santoku

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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.

First Impressions

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.

Beauty

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!

In Hand

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

Durability

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.

Our Verdict

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

Product details

  • Blade Length: 170mm (Measurement of the cutting edge)
  • Blade Thickness: 5mm (Measured level with heel)
  • Blade Height: 47mm (Heel to spine)
  • Steel Type - Cladding: Soft Iron
  • Steel Type - Core: Blue Steel #1
  • 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: 7402

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.

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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