Sakai Takayuki Blue Steel No.2 Kurouchi 170mm Nakiri Knife
Without doubt one of the most prominent Japanese blacksmiths with over 600 years of history. Sakai Takayuki are based in Sakai, Osaka Prefucture and use technology alongside traditional methods in order to be able to produce exceptional quality knives on a large scale. As such, they are popular all over the world and present in many professional kitchens.
This range is made from Blue Steel No.2, which is a carbon steel with HRC rating of between 63 and 65. This very hard steel has incredible sharpness and exceptional retention while also being easy to sharpen.
Kurouchi roughly translates at 'blacksmith's finish', and retains some of the residue of the forging process. This allows the knives to be cheaper, as some of the production process is removed, and also provides protection to the blade reducing the risk of corrosion. Not only that, but it is a stunning finish, and is very desirable right now.
Do not use the knife to chop hard materials such as bones or frozen items unless the knife is made for that specific purpose. Always ensure you keep your knife clean and dry, and sharpen it as required to prevent a dull edge.
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