Kotetsu Iron Clad Battleship 195mm

Regular price £195.00

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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.


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.


A dark brown and black octagonal jarrah wood 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.


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.


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.

Ease 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.

Value 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.

Product details

  • Blade Length: 190mm (Measurement of the cutting edge)
  • Total Length: 332mm (Blade + Handle)
  • Blade width: 2mm (Measured where blade enters handle)
  • Blade height: 43mm (Heel to spine)
  • Total weight: 125 grams
  • Steel Type - Cladding: Powder
  • Steel Type - Cutting edge: Powder
  • Left or Right handed: Either
  • Hardness: 62-63 (HRC)
  • Handle style: Japanese
  • Handle material: Octgonal rosewood
  • Restock Time: Approximately 6 months Approximate timescale for restocking this knife if stock levels are low
  • This knife is made from a reactive steel that has some special care instructions and properties – learn more.

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

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.

Blacksmith Profile

Takayuki Shibata

Shibata san is one of the top knife sharpeners in Japan and his knife making skill extends to his own beautiful Kotetsu range.

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