Kikuichi Hammered Chef's Knife
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The Kikuichi history of fine craftsmanship dates back to 12th century Japan, when an ancestor became a swordsmith for the emperor, marking each sword with the monarch’s chrysanthemum symbol. Today this proud tradition of metalwork continues with beautiful cutlery etched with this enduring emblem. Handcrafted in Japan, their chef’s knife has the power and precision you need for slicing, chopping, mincing and dicing.
- Damascus-style blade is forged from 16 layers of incredibly dense VG-10 “super steel” to provide precise control while maintaining a razor-sharp edge.
- The handsome dimpled pattern (“tsuchime” in Japanese) helps the blade glide easily through food without sticking.
- Tsuchime pattern is hand-hammered, then heat-tempered, making each blade unique.
- Traditional wooden handle is triple-riveted to guarantee optimal balance and control.
- 9 1/2" knife: 9 1/2"-long blade, 4 3/4"-long handle.
- 8 1/2" knife: 8 1/2"-long blade, 4 3/4"-long handle; 8 oz.
- 6" knife: 6"-long blade, 4 1/2"-long handle; 7 oz.
- Made in Japan.
- Use & Care
- Always use caution when handling sharp objects.
- Avoid cutting on hard surfaces such as stone, metal or glass.
- It is not advisable to use any knife but a meat cleaver to cut through bone, as other blades can be easily damaged.
- Hand-wash with warm water and a mild detergent; rinse and dry immediately.
- Sharpen your knife at home using a waterstone or have it sharpened by a professional.
- Store knife in a safe place to protect its edge and prevent injury.
Small, Medium and Large will be shipped from our warehouse by UPS to arrive within five business days of our receiving your order.
Extra Large will be shipped directly from the manufacturer and is not eligible for rush shipping. Please allow up to one to two weeks for delivery.
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If within 30 days, you are dissatisfied for any reason, you may return your purchase for a refund of the merchandise value. An original receipt or gift receipt is required for all returns and exchanges. Returns with a gift receipt will be refunded in the form of a Merchandise Credit for the amount indicated on the gift receipt. Returns with original receipt will be refunded in the original form of payment, cash and check refunds over $100 will be issued as a company check (may take 14 business days from time of request).
For all cutlery returns (knife sets, single knives, cutting boards, knife sharpeners, and knife storage) please contact us at 888.922.4108 to initiate the return.
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- Free Knife Sharpening in Stores
Working with a sharp knife is safer, more effective and much less tiring than trying to cut and slice with a dull one. To ensure top performance, bring your favorite knife into your local store and one of our cutlery experts will give it a fresh, new edge using our precision equipment. The first knife is free; each additional knife is just $5.
Our stores also offer knife demonstrations to teach you the correct grip, positioning and basic knife techniques and can help you find the perfect cutlery for your needs – just ask a store associate for assistance.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Chef fpbiv375 from A TRUE Heirloom knife. I am a professional Chef and this is the best knife I have ever owned. Made by the last of the original 5 families that made swords for the Emperor's samurai. It literally bears the Emperor's chrysanthemum seal. Easy to sharpen and solid as a rock. RAZOR SHARP!Date published: 2018-12-19Rated 5 out of 5 by RRP1 from A beautiful, functional and sharp knife The knife looks wonderful and is beautifully balanced and sharp out of the box. Have had it for six months and have had no issues with it getting prematurely dull.Date published: 2014-07-28Rated 3 out of 5 by Boomer911 from Nice looking Knife I needed to sharpen after 2 weeks of very limited usage. I have another Japanese Chef’s Knife a Mac that seems to be out of the box a lot sharper and maintained the edge a lot longer, at half the price. I’m a professional chef and have been cooking for all my live and I guess you pay the price for a “handmade Knife. Having said that I will keep the knife and get a sharpening stone If I would purchase another knife it would be a Mac for half the priceDate published: 2013-04-08