About the petty type knife
Sometimes called a utility knife, the Petty is a smaller version of chefs knife but is bigger than a paring knife. The Petty fits in small places that require more dexterity than bigger chefs knives while handling bigger jobs than a paring knife can take care of. The Petty will soon become the go to knife in your kitchen. The difference will be felt right away when a hand forged Japanese petty knife of incomparable sharpness is used for smaller precision tasks such as peeling, trimming, and slicing small fruits and vegetables to handling bigger tasks as a small chefs knife. A razor sharp petty knife can intricately carve and style vegetables and fruits for beautiful presentations and garnishes, performing just as well for bigger jobs such as preparing meals.
Moritaka Aogami Super Petty is forged with particular care to create a medium sized sturdy blade that can maneuver through both small and big jobs with finesse.
Part of Moritaka’s supreme series of kitchen knives, this 90mm petty boasts a core of Aogami Super steel clad in softer iron. The kurouchi finish on these knives provides a brilliant rustic aesthetic to the blades and also aids in corrosion resistance. The grind on the knives is symmetric and gets very thin behind the edge. Over 700 years of hand forged blade-craft tradition has culminated in the Moritaka supreme line of knives and both the performance and character of these blades can be felt upon first use of this knife.
Better yet, these knives are an incredible value for the performance, quality, high-end steel and hand crafted character and can be used by semi professionals or those just starting their journey with Japanese knives. Their fine shape makes them great for female hands too. This knife can be used for both left and right handed people.
The Moritaka Family
Moritaka Hamono is a traditional knife making company that has a history of over 700 years. During years of handcrafting knives, they have developed unique skills and knowledge, which have been passed from generation to generation. Moritaka’s unique bladesmithing techniques allow producing knives that will keep fine edges longer than any other knife on the market. The Moritaka family is primarily dedicated to producing a large variety of kitchen knives but also other edge tools for gardening, agriculture and forestry.
Owning a Moritaka knife is being part of history. Moritaka Cutlery was founded in 1293 during the Kamakura Period by Kongohyoe Minamoto no Moritaka, who was the head swordsmith for the Buddhist priests at Mt. Homan in Dazaifu, Fukuoka. His descendants then followed in his footsteps in the same city for 13 generations. In 1632, the family followed Higo Daimyo Mitsunari Hosokawa (the feudal ruler of the Higo region) and moved to Miyaji-machi, Yatsushiro City in Kumamoto. For another 13 generations in this city, they forged swords for the Buddhist armies, the Daimyo’s army, and also the Daimyo himself. Kongohyoue’s swords were very unique because they were made and used to help attain Buddhahood. Five generations ago, master swordsmith Chuzaemon Moritaka decided to expand and apply their experience into making kitchen knives. Moritaka Cutlery has a history of over 700 years. The knife that you purchase is forged with skills and knowledge developed and accumulated generation by generation.
Today, your knives are being forged by the 26th, 27th, and 28th swordsmith.
- Takuzo Moritaka (the master and 26th swordsmith) is still there but about to retire, while his two sons:
- Tsunehiro Moritaka (27th swordsmith) and
- his younger brother Teruhiro Moritaka (28th swordsmith) continue on the family tradition.
There is no assembly line at this factory – just artists at work. And we have imported these knives directly from the Moritaka family.
A bit more info for knife freaks
The finish is kurouchi (black) with a lacquer coating — this helps protect the steel and should not be polished off. The edge, unlike traditional single-bevel Japanese knives, is a 50-50 double-edge making it much easier to keep sharp using some commonly available sharpening systems – get the best all rounder here. Moritaka grinds the edge to a very acute angle – about 10 degrees (5 degrees per side!). The blue steel blade is forged to a stainless steel tang, which is then inserted into a beautiful cherrywood handle. The cherrywood will outlast lighter magnolia wood usually used on Japanese knives. And the forging to a stainless tang means no rusting from the inside causing the handle to come loose (a problem with traditional Japanese knives).
Aogami Super Steel along with Aogami #2 are selected because of their extra durability and longer edge retention. The super durable handle is made out of seasoned Cherrywood. The important thing about Moritaka knives is the fact that the carbon blade is forged to a stainless tang, which means that any moisture will not result in premature pitting or damage to the handle. This new design and patented solution ensure both longevity and hygiene of the knives.
Aogami Super Steel is the highest YSS (Yasugi Speciality Steel) that contains high percentages of carbon, chrome and tungsten to increase hardness, improving edge retention corrosion resistance with an RC Hardness of 64-65. Aogami Super Steel is prized for its ability to take a very steep, sharp edge.
Please note, that each knife has slightly different appearance and size because the blade is hand-crafted and the handle is natural wood.
- Weight: 2.6 ounces
- Blade Length: 153 mm
- Overall Length: 272 mm
- Thickness at Heel: 3.2 mm
- Blade Height: 30.2 mm
The edges on this knife are extremely steep and can be taken through high levels of refinement on the stones. Given the intended purpose, it may be worth keeping the maker’s bevel angle in place to avoid chipping when working through poultry joints.
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