• Style : Petty (Paring) Knife
• Length : 165mm (6.5")
• Weight : 3.8 oz (107g)
• Special Feature : Kyomen Damascus / San mai
• Blade Steel Type : HAP40 High Speed Steel
• Handle material : Kokutan with Buffalo Horn Ferrule
• HRC : 68
• Bevel Angle Ratio : 50/50
• Cover : Not included
Sukenari's popular HAP40 hairline knives are now being produced with Damascus patterning and mirror finish. In addition to the beautiful pattern, the mirror finish will help cut down on reactivity of the semi-stainless steel.
Sukenari is one of the few knife makers working with HAP40 in Japan and, we feel, doing the best job of heat treating and grinding. Heat treated to a staggering 68 hrc, these knives are not for beginners. The impressive edge retention is accompanied by an equally impressive abrasion resistance meaning that whetstones manufactured for use with carbon steel and low-alloy stainless steels may struggle to cut the steel and the carbides effectively. Having a diamond plate in your sharpening set up will be crucial to capitalizing on the benefits this steel has to offer.
San-mai (lit. three sheets) is a style of manufacture common for Japanese knives. A more practical translation is "three layers", referring to the core hardened steel being jacketed with soft steel. These style of knives may seen being referred to as "clad" or "kasumi", which has some overlap with a similar style of manufacture called Ni-mai or "two layers". Ni-mai is commonly found in single bevel knives where the soft steel is only on one side of the knife with a small portion spilling over to the other side.
Sukenari was founded during the Shōwa period in Toyama Prefecture and since its inception has been driven to produce quality cutlery through hands-on craftsmanship at every step. Sukenari's philosophy is that any tool should perform as an extension of oneself and this commitment to quality shows in each facet of the knife from rounded, polished choil and edges to impeccable grinds and an incredibly consistent heat treat.
This is a small multipurpose paring/petty knife used to peel, cut, de-seed and tourne vegetables and fruit, as well as do other tasks like de-veining shrimp. It is an essential tool for bartenders who serve fresh fruit garnishes.