The Ichimonji Molybdenum Steel Usuba is made from Japanese AUS-8 ( Molybdenum Vanadium Steel ) offering all around good performance.
The addition of Molybdenum improves the wear resistance of steel and the Vanadium improves the overall durability making this knife ideal for rough work or to someone entering the world of Japanese Kitchen Knives for the first time.
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Usuba (Edo Type)
Usuba Knives are used for cutting, chopping, and peeling vegetables in Japanese cuisine. The Edo type (the rectagle shape) is common used in the Kanto region (the eastern part of Japan). The top of the edge is rounded to avoid being stuck on the cutting board and there is a space on the blade for putting the vegetable on.Most professionals use a 210mm type of Usuba Knife which has single-edged blade. On the contrary, a Nakiri Knife which has double-edged blade is more popular for home use.
AUS-8 Steel is a standard stainless steel that is often used in knives due to its corrosion resistance and ease of sharpening in comparison to other steels.
Magnolia Round Handle with Buffalo horn bolster
Our Magnolia wood handles are made from natural Magnolia and Buffalo Horn ( Ethically sourced Horn ).The Magnolia and Buffalo Horn are fitted tightly together then shaped and polished in the traditional round style to not only look beautiful, but also feel comfortable in the hand.
A forge welded blade is essentially a blade made of more than one billet of steel. There are many variations of technique and steel combinations. At its most simple, a forge welded blade is two billets of steel heated and hammer together to form one unified piece. The steel will then be shaped by hammer into the desired blade shape. Hardened and tempered, then ground, sharpened and polished. A forge welded blade has higher strength and edge retention than a stamped blade.
Optional Engraving Service
Sakai Ichimonji provides complimentary engraving using either Japanese Kanji or English Alphabet. Please specify your preference. For details, please visit here
A knife store that has supported the history of knives and food culture in Japan.
It has been 600 years since the birth of swordmaking in the Sakai region of Japan. Sakai Ichimonji Mitsuhide's and it's craftsmen continue to build on that legacy by producing the finest blades in Japan.
This is where the culture of completing a dish of sashimi by "just cutting" and the culture of expressing sharpness as "taste" was born.
For 70 years, we have been connecting the spirit of Sakai's craftsmen with the passion of chefs in Osaka's kitchen equipment shopping district, known as the kitchen of Japan.
We are very happy that our knives can be used by people all over the world.
After use, wash off any dirt and wipe thoroughly with a dry cloth to remove any moisture. This product is not for use with frozen foods.This product is handmade, so each piece will be different. Please use the weight and length listed as a guide. Each material is natural and may vary in color. It is not the same as the picture.We take great care with our inventory, but in the unlikely event that we are out of stock, we will contact you by email to let you know.