Used only by the most skilled master chefs in Japan, the single-edged kiritsuke requires an accomplished technique and talent to use effectively, making ownership of this knife a symbol of status and prestige for top Japanese chefs. The kiritsuke is used by pros as a multi-purpose chef's knife and gets its name from the resemblance to a Japanese sword. The carbon steel Nenohi is said to cut with "the fluidity of a river current."
Left-handed knives are available for this style. Please call customer service at 1-800-626-2172 to order.
Left-handed blades must be special ordered from Japan, and will cost 50% more than the right-handed blades. Due to how each traditional Japanese knife is handmade by right handed craftsmen, it will take 4 to 6 weeks to forge and deliver.
The initial blade serves as a sharpening guide in the future. Free initial sharpening and uraoshi sharpening is available with every purchase. Please be aware that sharpened knives are not eligible for returns.
General knife care tips and warnings
Never wash knives in the dishwasher
Stain-resistant knives are not stainless.
Improper care will result in rusting and chipping.
Please wipe knives dry after use to prevent rusting.
Western style knives sold at KORIN have significantly thinner blades than typical Western knives. Use of honing steels or sharpening machines may result in chipping.