Sakai Kikumori Honesuki Maru 'Sweden-Kou' Carbon Steel

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Sweden-kou series 150mm honesuki maru made in Swedish carbon steel with rosewood hafted handle. 270mm overall, height at heel 28mm, 174 grams....

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Sweden-kou series 150mm honesuki maru made in Swedish carbon steel with rosewood hafted handle. 270mm overall, height at heel 28mm, 174 grams.

Made right-handed, honesuki maru are primarily designed for hang-breaking and working with large cuts of pork and beef.  This knife is also great for seaming and silver skin.  They are ground with a slight right-hand bias like many Sakai gyuto and are hardened to 61-62 HRC.  There is more convexity to the outside (knuckle side, or omote) than the inside (palm side, or ura).  Swedenkou are characterized by a smooth, fine cutting feel that has good bite and edge life.  Sharpening feel is crisp and finishing/ de-burring process is very easy.  They are fairly tough, but avoid twisting them in or against bones.  They are ideal for the butcher who is able to care for highly reactive carbon steel and is looking for a great workhorse and easy sharpen-ability. 

This is a highly reactive carbon steel.  It should be mentioned that extra care is required, as the knife is not stainless and should be dried immediately after use.  It will develop a dark patina with usage, but any orange rust should be removed with a light abrasive.


Sakai Kikumori was started in 1926 and draws on Sakai's 600 year history as the major center of traditional Japanese cutlery manufacturing. They work with a large variety of Sakai's smiths, sharpeners and small factories to offer a wide variety of knives ranging from traditional materials and styles (single bevel yanagiba, usuba, deba etc.) to more modern, western influenced styles and materials.

Due to new international CITES restrictions, effective Jan 2, 2017, we are unable to offer international shipping for knives handled with all Dalbergia species (rosewood) and some other newly listed restricted woods including Bubinga. Domestic USA shipments are allowed, but due to the restrictions on importing these, we will not be re-stocking these knives in the future.

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