Nigara Hamono has been appointed by the region of Tsugaru to make Japanese swords over 350 years ago. As one of the few noble swordsmiths in Japan, they have continued to preserve this art. During the Showa period, the 5th generation Kunitoshi Nigara, the master swordsmith, was a legendary swordsmith praised for his work and considered a national treasure.
Today, the 8th generation young blacksmith Tsuyoshi Yoshizawa, (son of the company’s president Toshiju Yoshizawa), is evolving the family traditions creating unique knives.
The fully handcrafted Tsuchime / Migaki SG2 series, feature one of the most advanced powder stainless steels (SG2 / R2), a distinctive and unique Hammered pattern and a traditional Kurouchi finish. Very thin behind the edge, with an HRC hardness of 62-63, these unique knives will impress everyone with their superb fit and finish. Fitted with an octagonal Wenge handle that perfectly matches the steel pattern.
Kiritsukes come in both single or double bevel versions. A combination knife to perform both the tasks of a slicer (like Sujihiki) and all-rounder (like Gyuto). The most part of the belly is flat to be used with push cuts and with a slightly curved, “K tip” nose it is perfect for small slicing and precise cuts. Recommended mainly for push cut, slice and chopping.
|Brand / Blacksmith:||Nigara Hamono|
|Knife type:||Kiritsuke 240|
|Blade Length / Total length (mm):||225 / 380|
|Grind:||50 / 50|
|Finish:||Tscuchime / Mat Migaki|
|Steel type:||SG2 Stainless|
|Forging method:||San Mai|
|Handle type / Material / Ferrule:||Octagonal / Wenge / Horn|
|Spine Thickness at heel / tip (mm):||2 / 0.2|
|Blade height at heel (mm):||51|
Biff (verified owner) –
An exceptional knife, feels great in the hand. Good balance and a razor sharp finish. The migaki finish goes perfectly well with the unique tsuchime pattern. Pretty and functional, you just can’t wait to pull it off the rack. Top quality for sure. I will add a few more of these Nigara Hamono knives to my kitchen very soon.