Unshu Yukimitsu Hamono 'migaki' Petty Knife 120mm
Petty knives range from 11cm or so through to 15cm or thereabouts. At 12cm this is not a long petty but it certainly is a pretty one.
The length makes it comparable to a western paring knife in some respects but the blade is taller with more heel and this makes it a different prospect for hand-held cutting. With its clearance under the handle this petty is good for the cutting board, ideal for general slicing tasks, trimming skin and fat or taking to poultry. The blade profile is not dissimilar in shape to a bannou or even a gyuto, just at a smaller scale. It's nicely portable with a more subtle presence if taken to the table.
The polished blade is shirogami white#1 clad in nantetsu. The two tend to have little visual contrast which makes for a uniquely attractive blade. Shirogami #1 forged as hard this offers terrific sharpness and long edge life. Note it will be susceptible to rust/discoloration if some basic procedures aren't followed. Keep a damp cloth on hand for periodic wiping during extended sessions at the board and wipe your knife dry after use, preferably after rinsing the blade in hot water.
The thin, hand-crafted blade of this petty has the near-machined finish characteristic of Mr Kusunoki's work. It is paired with a light hounoki handle for an overall length of just 25cm and weight of just 60 grams.
|Blade steel:||YSS Shirogami#1 | nantetsu|
|Bevel:||Ryōba double bevel|
|Left-handed available:||Handle and blade suit both hands|
|Blade spine at neck:||3mm|
|Weight in hand:||60g
|Please note, this knife is a hand-forged item and there
may be minor variations in measurements and finish.
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