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Aji-kiri Fillet Knife | double bevel blade

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Ikenami Hamono ajikiri-bocho specifications

Certified as a product of cultural and historical significance by the Kagoshima Prefectural Government

Black-forged aji-kiri fillet knife.
Shirogami white#1 steel. Japanese cherry handleDouble bevel blade.
Hand-forged  on Tanegashima Island. 

Our double-bevel ajikiri looks like a small deba, doesn't it? For that reason you'd be forgiven for thinking it has a solid, heavy blade. It doesn't - the ajikiri has quite a thin blade and is very light in hand. 

This style is named after 'aji' horse mackerel (jack mackerel or jack fish in some places), a fish which grows quite large but is generally eaten at a fairly small size in Japan – six inches or thereabouts. It’s a lovely fish to grill whole - no knife required - but when you do want to cut one up it's not a job that calls for a large knife.

Our black-forged ryoba (double bevel) ajikiri is super-sharp and ideal for breaking down small fish in general - arrive home with a decent catch of whiting, black rockfish or disappointingly small flathead and you’ll be very pleased to have a short, nimble blade on hand to process them. Taking to a small fish with a long blade is not so bad if there's only one or two to deal with but when you have twenty, or forty...

This ajikiri is ideal for home use in that it's easy to keep sharp - one of the mysteries of black-forged Tanegashima knives is how they retain a keen edge so well and yet are so easy to sharpen. 

We stock two ajikiri: this one, and a very slightly longer single-bevel heavy-duty version you can see here. Both great knives, but if you like to do your sharpening yourself then this might be the better choice. The 'pro' version calls for a diamond hone, whereas the black-forged ajikiri you see here is easily sharpened with a domestic-standard sharpener.

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  1. My wife loves tanegashima knife!! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 12th May 2011

    I bought a short knife from Mr.Mhicael and My wife use every day.
    My wife loves "Tanegashima knife"
    It can cut many goods clearly.

    Please try it.

    I'm a Japanese, live in Hiroshima City.


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