When you are the owner of a Kikuichi, you have a piece of Japanese history in your possession. Kikuichi has been crafting samurai swords since 1267 and they have been using that experience and craftsmanship to craft the very best kitchen knives for more than 150 years. At least four master craftsmen work on a single knife, each having their own specialty, including forging and sharpening the blade.
Each Kikuichi knife has the Chrysanthemum mark. As a swordsmith of the Japanese Emperor, Kikuichi obtained the right to use this royal symbol to demonstrate superior quality and excellence.
The Nickel Warikomi Damascus series (NWD) is equipped with a thin blade and is exceptionally lightweight. This makes it extremely easy and nimble to use. The blade consists of 45 layers of steel which has a beautiful Damascus pattern.
This is the Kurouchi carbon clad series. Kuro means black and refers to the dark coating on the blade. This finish develops when it is being heated, afterwards only the cutting edge is polished back smooth. The Kurouchi is a sturdy knife that feels heavier in the hand. With a hardness of HRC62 the cutting edge remains sharp for a long time.
The Kurouchi’s finish, combined with the walnut wood handle, gives this knife a unique look and turns it into an eye-catcher in your kitchen. Please note that this series is made of carbon steel. If the blade stays wet for a long time, you run the risk that it will rust.