Made by the Okeya family at the Fujiwara knife works in Miki City, this exceptionally good value range of traditional Japanese kitchen knives are an ideal introduction to the fascinating world of Japanese cutlery. The blades are made in the same way as Okeya Kogatana; laminated shirogami white paper No.2 high carbon steel with a soft iron backing.
They are all single bevelled with a flat or hollow ground back so they are easy to maintain. All the work is done on the back with the blade flat on the stone, one very light stroke on the bevel side to remove the burr and that's it.
The Ko-Bocho (small knife) is a true paring knife with a thin blade and a flat back (no ura) lovely for trimming, peeling and tidying up.
Finished with a simple Japanese magnolia wood handle with black plastic ferrule.
The usual care instructions for Japanese knives apply:<
- Always use a wooden or bamboo chopping board.
- Never sharpen a Japanese knife on a steel or pull through sharpener with steel disc, instead use a fine waterstone, ceramic stone or a strop.
- Never use a Japanese knife to cut bones or frozen food
- Japanese knives are designed to slice or mince food, they should never be used with a chopping action like a cleaver.
- Carbon steel and iron, not corrosion resistant, wash and dry carefully after use. <
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Beautiful little Hocho at this price. Very handy size will compliment my collection of bigger Hocho nicely. Arrived fairly blunt but after a session on my Japanese water stones is now silly sharp. I can't understand how they can hand forge a knife for this price. If you are thinking about some Hocho I would recommend grabbing one of these or the set of three whilst they are such a bargain. Be warned you will need a set of Japanese water stones to properly sharpen it, but they also stock a good selection at reasonable prices. Delivery was fast and it was packaged well, thank you guys you have made my day.