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  • Nakashima Hamono Single-bevel Ajikiri | 120mm・4¾" | Knife Japan

Nakashima Hamono Kataha Ajikiri 120mm

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Product Description

A razor-sharp ajikiri is ideal for opening any pan-sized fish along the spine or belly and quick removal of head, tail and fins if that's your thing. Processing catches of modestly sized fish is made easy, and if you see a lot of fish on your board you'll get a lot of use from an ajikiri. As a rule they're are light, deft and portable. We could have called this a deba - it's a dense little thing - but Nakashima san calls it an ajikiri and so shall we.

This particular knife was forged quite some time ago and the Wakasa-based maker has now moved on to other activities. He may come back to knife making in earnest at some point (we hope) but for now his blades are something of a rarity. 

We only have the one example and to be straight the finish on the blade is a bit... rough. Character? No, just a bit rough. But the aogami#2 edge will sharpen up beautifully and provide years of good service. The waxed handle is nice (ignoring the '120' scribbled on the end). The warm colour has us a little stumped - the grain is hounoki, the tone is more like hiba (thujopsis) but we've never seen a waxed hiba handle. Let's go with hounoki.

Blade steel: YSS Aogami #2 | nantetsu
Bevel: Kataha single bevel
Blade construction: Ni-mai awase
Left-handed available: No
Handle: Robiki Hounoki (Waxed Magnolia - we think)
Ferrule: Plastic
Blade length: 120mm
Blade width: 43mm
Blade spine: 6mm
Handle length: 113mm
Handle thickness: 25x18mm
Weight in hand: 125g

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