Katura is a Japanese knife for those who love the craftsmanship and values of the artisan tradition. In Japan craftspoeple are called Shokunin. The mastery of the skills set of their craft is applied to a material with pride, a sense of spirit whose aim is to benefit the general welfare of the people. KATURA captures the best qualities of that spirit in a knife that is authentically artisan in every detail. It offers the cook a remarkably precise cutting tool with a contemporary rustic aesthetic The stainless steel blade has a core of premium AUS10 steel with 45 layers of Damascus steel folded over top. The mark of the craftsmen is left one by one as the blades are finished with a unique hammered finish called “tsuchime”. The hammered finish also helps food to release from the blade while cutting. DESIGN
The KATURA is a knife for modern lifestyles. The detailed craftsmanship is a nod to the traditional methods of the Japanese knife artisan. Rosewood and walnut woods were chosen for the OCTO handles, their, warm hues and enchanting grains pair beautifully with the hand-hammered texture of the blades. Each KATURA knife also undergoes a traditional ‘yakkin’ branding of the Kikusumi logo on the flat end of the handle that enriches the handcrafted look of the knife. Rotating the blade underneath a light reveals three distinct markings which have been punched into the steel by hand and tool – the KATURA logo in its original font, [its place of origin Seki in kanji 関 , and the KIKUSUMI logo. The KATURA knife reflects all that is good about the craft of knives – a true artisan aesthetic with a contemporary performance. BLADE
The KATURA blade has a laser thin finish that offers lower resistance when cutting ingredients. Cutting with less resistance means less force is required which makes the KATURA easier and more enjoyable to use than a conventional kitchen knife.
The steel used in the blade is AUS10 which is composed of small grain carbides that allows knives forged with them to take on finer edges. The addition of vanadium into the steel increases both wear resistance and edge retention.