About This Item
Used SHIGEFUSA Gyuto Kitaeji 180mm Swedish pure carbon steel Blade Chef Knife
****Blade Length (from the tip to the heel); 7 1/8inch (180mm). It is western style handle, the metal bolster and tongue are one body from the blade, not welded. The bolster has also Damascus (kitaeji pattern) connected from the blade, and it is western style handle chef knife, but it is forged chef knife. That means what the blade and tongue were thick like bolster, and made them thinner to be the blade and tongue by pounding hammer. I do not know the handle wooden material, but it looks fancy pattern of solid wood with high class pins. ****
It is used very little, and it is in excellent condition. I sharpened the edge and polished little bit before taking the photos.
Shigefusa Kitaeji knife is an ideal blade knife that is harder to crook and easier to sharpen the blade, and the knife is very famous with super sharp edge, and it retains the sharp edge longer (Ama-gire). Their knives are hand sharpened, so it is easier to sharpen by whetstones, when we need it to sharpen.
Kitaeji (Damascus) style blade is made of so many times holding over Jigane (soft iron) and low carbon steel(Hagane), and it is harder to crook the blade.
Mr. Tokifusa Iizuka who makes Shigefusa knife had been an apprentice in Sanjo Seisakujo(Mr.Kousuke Iwasaki and Mr. Shigeyoshi Iwasaki) for 10 years, and then Mr.Iizuka wanted to be Japanese cooking knife blacksmith, so Mr. Shigeyoshi Iwasaki introduced Mr. Iizuka to Mr.Munenori Nagashima who was legendary blacksmith who makes Japanese sword and Kasumi knife, kitaeji blade, and lots of variety of cutleries. Mr. Iizuka became an apprentice again to learn how to make knives under Mr. Nagashima before starting own business Shigefusa for short period. Mr. Iizuka has two sons (late 40 years old), and Shigefusa Knives are making with those three family members.
Blade Length (from the tip to the heel); 7 1/8inch (180mm) Handle Length; 4 5/8 inch (118mm) Total Length; 12 1/4 inch (310mm) Knife weight is 5oz. The heel part of the spine width is 2mm(1/8 inch) wide. The width from the heel to the spine: 47mm (1 3/4 inch) HANDLE; western style handle, the metal bolster and tongue are one body from the blade. The bolster has also Damascus (kitaeji pattern). I do not know the handle wooden material, but it looks fancy pattern of solid wood with high class pins. BLADE; Swedish pure carbon steel Kitaeji Style (Damascus) blade