This honekiri (chopper) from Sugimoto is made of super high-quality high carbon steel, with a monosteel construction. With a relatively lower hardness level, the extra-thick spine is designed for chopping hard bones without being damaged.
- Origin (Made in): Sakai, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
- Brand: Sugimoto Hamono (Tokyo Sugimoto Tsukiji)
- Model No.: 4031
- Knife Type: Honekiri
- Construction: Monosteel
- Grind: Double-edged Blade (50/50 Grind)
- Steel Type: Carbon Steel
- Hardness: 58± HRC
- Hand-forged, hand-grinded, hand-sharpened
- Blade Length: 180mm (7.1")
- Blade Height (at heel): 84mm
- Spine Thickness
- Above heel: 4.3mm
- Middle: 4.3mm
- Shape: Western-shaped
- Material: Walnut
- Length: 131mm
- Overall Length: 304mm
- Weight: 674g (23.77oz)
- Engraved mark (Front): In Japanese Kanji "Tokyo Sugimoto" (東京 杉本)
- Mark (Back): Sugimoto Logo ; "Sugimoto Tsukiji Tokyo 4031 Made in Japan"
About Sugimoto Hamono 杉本刃物
Sugimoto opened its first shop - Tokyo Sugimoto Tsukiji (東京 杉本 築地) in the bustling ally of Tokyo Tsujiki Outer Market in 1948 when the 2nd generation Sugimoto - Mr Koji Sugimoto took over the family business. Despite a short history (by Japanese standard) of knife making, Sugimoto did make its name as one of the well-known knife brands in Tokyo. Being one of the pioneers of Chuka Bocho (Japanese made Chinese Cleavers), Sugimoto still produces perhaps the most professional Chinese Cleavers in the world. All Sugimoto knives are made by hand, and aimed at professional chefs.
This knife is made with Japanese high carbon steel. It is not stainless, therefore you must wipe your knife dry after each use. Patina will develop over time. Rust may develop if left in prolonged contact with water or acidic food. Use a rust eraser to clean if rusts develop. Chippings can occur with use, and regular re-sharpening is required to maintain the edge.
Recommended cutting surface: wood, rubberized boards and high-end composites, and quality plastics such as polyethene make acceptable cutting surfaces, and will help protect and prolong knife’s edge. AVOID glass, metal, countertops, and other rigid, non-forgiving surfaces.
We recommend sharpening all quality Japanese knives on whetstones, as we believe they yield the best results for your knives.