Kouhei-Shinmatsu ZDP189 Petty 135mm

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A classy and understated kurouchi finished mid-size petty boasting excellent edge retention and ideal for a wide range of smaller jobs.

First Impressions

The Kouhei-Shinmatsu is a small collection comprising of a bunka and petty that boast an immediately impressive edge out of the box and a great looking finish in both silver and kurouchi versions.


There are two available finishes to suit your preferences and both share the same tsuchime markings and deep kanji running down to the shinogi and subtle brushed jigane and polished core ZDP189 steel. 

Depending on what you prefer, you can choose and either would look great in your kitchen.

In Hand

Suncraft's knives often show their attention to detail in the areas around the heel and spine and these are no different with subtly rounded edges making the knives comfortable to hold for extended periods and the traditional octagonal wa handles are comfortable.


ZDP189 core steel is extremely durable and when treated to the hardness of this range (approximately 65-66 HRC) the edge retention is excellent and will last a longer time between sharpening than many knives. 

Ease of Care

ZDP 189 can be a little difficult to sharpen but you shouldn't have to do it very often, a few strokes with a ceramic sharpening rod will keep it in tip top condition between whetstone sharpening.

Given the extremely high HRC rating of the steel you should avoid lateral stresses from twisting or trying to pry open foods and as long as you cut with care (a good general guide anyway!), these knives will last a long time between sharpens.

Our Verdict

Excellent all round finish quality and the high level of hardness of the ZDP189 steel makes these knives a great choice for those prioritising edge retention and the quality finishing touches and attention to detail from Suncraft make them a great choice and impressive value overall.

Product details

Product SKU: SUNC-003

Our aim is to measure and photograph our products as accurately as possible but due to many items being handmade, finished or using natural materials, there can be minor variance in measurements and things such as blade or wood finishes can vary. We will always endeavour to provide the most accurate measurements, photos and descriptions of our products.

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

Protection & care for this knife

Both the 135mm and 150mm magnolia petty saya fit this knife as well as the petty sized blade guard.

Saya & Guards Knife Racks & Storage Sharpening & Blade Care

Meet the maker


Based in Seki City - home of Japanese sword and knife making for more than 800 years, Suncraft have specialised in knives and kitchen tools for generations.

Helping you find the perfect knives & accessories

Cutting Edge Knives is a family run business established in 2011 and based in the picturesque town of Holmfirth, West Yorkshire. We love the history and craftsmanship that goes into making Japanese chef knives and accessories and the excitement and enjoyment you experience when using a truly sharp knife in the kitchen.

Over many years we've helped thousands of happy customers find their dream knife and look forward to helping you too.

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