Sakai Kikumori "Nihonko" Petty 120mm
Sakai Kikumori was founded in 1926 by Kawamura Hamono as a wholesaler, and they work with some of the best blacksmiths in Japan. Being a smaller wholesaler, they have the flexibility to create their own brands and pursue creative projects that larger brands choose not to do. They have excelled in this area, creating a line of products that are of some of the highest quality we've ever seen.
The Nihonko are a stellar workhorse knife range using SK carbon steel. Think FKM, but with better edge retention. A comfortable, tapered western handle with classic blade profiles means a brilliant robust all-rounder with great performance for an excellent price.
While not quite on the same level as Blue or White Carbon Steel, SK Carbon steel is still an excellent choice for a budget-friendly steel with great edge retention (between VG10 and Ginsan we find), good toughness, and durability, while retaining great ease of sharpening.
|Height @ Heel:||28mm|
|Spine Thickness @ Mid:||1.2mm|
|Blade Material:||SK Carbon Steel|
|Grind:||50/50 Double Bevel|
|Handle:||Western Pakka Wood