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NORA #1025 - 7.5 Inch Kiritsuke - CTS XHP Stainless Steel

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NORA knife #1025 is our take on the traditional Japanese Kiritsuke knife.  

A Kiritsuke knife is one of the very few Japanese knives that is considered multi-purpose. It is a hybrid between a Yanagi (fish slicer) and a Usuba (vegetable knife.). A Kiritsuke knife works well for slicing and breaking down protein but it also excels at vegetable prep. and general purpose tasks. In Japanese kitchens, the Kiritsuke knife is reserved only for the executive Chef as a sign of respect and also due to the skill needed to efficiently use these knives.

Our Kiritsuke design does not have as flat of a belly as the more traditional Japanese style knives. We have done this to allow just the slightest amount of rock in the cut. We feel it adds a bit more versatility to the knife. 

This knife, has been handled with a mix of materials including Macasser ebony, Black G10 and aluminum.  Ebony is prized for its dense grain structure and overall toughness.  This cut of wood has stripes of subtly different dark grain and it makes for a very nice touch on this handle.  The ebony is accented with bias cut stripes of black G10 and aluminum. Also note that this handle was hand shaped with care and formed into a classic coke bottle shape that helps position your hand comfortably around the handle both with a full grip and a pinch grip. You can reference the attached pictures to get a better idea of what we are talking about. 

This knife was engraved with a limited edition logo that was designed by us personally. The logo was inspired by an older cigar box and we feel it fits nicely with this classic looking knife.

This knife blade is composed of CTS-XHP stainless steel which is a premium stainless steel that we rarely offer because it is hard to source.  This steel has excellent durability for a stainless steel and it also can be taken to a high hardness at 62 HRC. The high hardness helps with both edge retention and edge durability. On top of this, the actual stain resistance on this stainless is excellent. This sounds perhaps like a no brainer but keep in mind there are varying degrees of stainless steel and some of our other stainless steels, such as AEB-L, are more prone to very light rust spots.

In general, this is a great all-around choice for steel as it combines great performance with heightened durability.   Please note that XHP tends to have a bit of weight to it so if you like a knife with a little heft, this is a great choice.

{ Knife Details }

Metal: AEB-L Steel

Blade Length: 7.5 inches

Total Length: 12 inches

Handle Material: Black G10 liner & stripes, Macassar Ebony, Aluminum, Stainless Steel Pins

Rockwell Hardness: 62 HRC

Total Weight: .59 lbs.

Blade Height: 2 inches (at blade base)

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