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Nigara  |  SKU: NG-SG2KUTSU-PT120

Nigara SG2 Kurouchi Tsuchime Petty 120mm

$251.99 $279.95
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Detailed Specifications
Line Nigara SG2 Kurouchi Tsuchime
Profile Petty / Utility, Paring
Bevel Type Double Bevel
Weight 73 g        2.58 oz
Edge Length 111 mm   .4.37 inch
Heel Height 31 mm     .1.22 inch
Width @ Spine 1.7 mm     0.07 inch
Width @ Mid 1.6 mm     0.06 inch
Width @ 1cm from Tip 1.0 mm     0.04 inch
Steel SG2 / R2 | Powdered Stainless
Blade Construction Sanmai - Stainless Clad
Hardness (HRC) 62 - 64
Surface Finish Kurouchi Tsuchime
Handle Octagonal Ebony
Region Aomori
Best for
  • Pro chefs
  • First-timers
    • Free shipping for knives over AU$200 Australia wide.
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    Nigara SG2 Kurouchi Tsuchime brings us a serie of knives full of character, yet not falling short on performance. The Kurouchi finish with its rugged organic look, have captured hearts of many knife lovers, however this beautiful finish seems to be commonly associated with a carbon core. Even the stainless cladding with Kurouchi finish have be commonly available, it was not until now we see a maker decides to produce a whole line that combines a high performance powder steel with this beautiful look.

    With this line, Nigara not only kept the beloved black finish, but also included a Tuchime finish that differs this line from others. The polygonal hammer used in the forming of Tsuchime finish indents the blade with geometrical shapes, easily reminds me of the scales of a dragon.

    In terms of performance, this line features the state-of-the-art Super Gold 2 powdered steel with excellent edge retention, toughness and extreme sharpness, being a high alloy powder steel with up to 16% of chromium, the SG2 is also stainless. Together with a high performance core steel and beautiful finish, this line offers an excellent price / performance ratio.

    Pros Cons
  • Budget friendly
  • Excellent performance
  • Great for professionals
  • Relatively hard to sharpen

  • Care Instruction
    1. Don't cut hard things! Japanese knives are brittle so bone hacking is a NO NO!
    2. Wash with netural detergent after use, and wipe dry;
    3. Please don't wash knife with dishwasher, it will damage the wood handle;
    4. Be careful not to leave the knife close to a heat source for a long time;
    5. It is a lot more dangerous to cut with a blunt knife than a sharp knife!
    6. It is best to sharpen a Japanese knife regularly on a waterstone.

    Nigara

    Based in the small yet beautiful city of Hirosaki in the northern prefecture of  Aomori, Nigara hamono has been making samurai swords for 350 yearas, with master Kunitoshi  (國俊) being one of the most famous sword smith in his generation. Now headed by the 8th generation mastersmith Tsuyoshi Yoshizawa (吉澤 剛) supported by his father Toshiju Yoshizawa (吉澤 俊寿), Nigara is becoming very popular thanks of its exquisite forging skills and second to none quality control. 

    • Profile: Petty

      Utility, Paring

      The Petty knife, a smaller Japanese utility knife, serves as an ideal tool for precision tasks such as peeling, trimming, and slicing fruits and vegetables. With a blade length ranging from 120mm to 180mm (4.7 to 7 inches), it stands out for its ability to handle detailed work like deveining shrimp or cutting garnishes. Its slightly longer and slimmer profile compared to the Western paring knife enhances its functionality for intricate tasks, making it a valuable addition to any kitchen toolkit.

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    • Steel: SG2 / R2

      SG2, also known as Super Gold 2 or R2 steel, is a high-end powdered tool steel by Takefu Special Steel, known for its excellent edge retention, wear resistance, and ability to achieve a hardness of up to 64 HRC. Identical to Kobelco Steel's R2, it's prized in premium knife making for its fine edge sharpness and durability. The powdered nature ensures uniform carbide distribution, enhancing toughness and reducing chipping risks. SG2/R2 is ideal for those seeking top performance and longevity in their cutting tools.

      Manufacturer:

      • Takefu Special Steel, Japan

      Nature: Stainless

      Hardness: 62- 64

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    • Construction: Sanmai - Stainless Clad

      Sanmai(Three-Piece) is a common construction for double bevel knives where two pieces of softer cladding steel are forgewelded to each side of a harder core steel. The harder but more brittle core steel will form the hard cutting edge after heat treating, and the softer cladding will support the core to increase the overall strength of the blade.

      The soft cladding enables the thinning process to be a lot easier than a honyaki or monosteel construction. And in the case where the cladding steel are stainless in nature, it can offer protection for the carbon or semi-stainless cores against rusting and discoluoring.

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    • Finish: Kurouchi Tsuchime

      The Kurouch Tsuchime is a combination of the raw, organic black finish and the characterful hammered Tsuchime finish. It is commonly seen as the Kurouchi finish will keep the original black scale of the billet unpolished after forging, the texture from the forging process will be also kept, allowing all kinds of patterns and indentations to be introduced to the blade. As a combination of Kurouchi and Tsuchime, this finish also inherents their benifits: reduce drag, help with food release and protect the steel from rusting. Over all Kurouchi Tsuchime is a practical and esthetically unique finish.

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    • Handle Specs

      Profile: Octagonal WA

      Material:

      • Ebony

      This handle, crafted from a single piece of ebony, exemplifies minimalist elegance and functional design. Its unique octagonal shape, featuring a subtle taper, offers a comfortable grip and a visually appealing geometric profile. The ebony wood, known for its deep, rich color and durability, has been meticulously milled from a single block, ensuring a seamless construction that highlights the wood's natural beauty and grain. The handle's surface has been highly polished, achieving a glossy finish that not only enhances the ebony's luxurious dark hue but also provides a smooth, tactile experience for the user. This design choice reflects a minimalist approach, focusing on simplicity, quality, and usability. The combination of the octagonal shape with the taper adds a modern twist to the classic material, making it a standout piece that blends traditional craftsmanship with contemporary aesthetics.

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    Nigara

    Nigara SG2 Kurouchi Tsuchime Petty 120mm

    $251.99 $279.95

    Measurements 

    120 mm 150 mm
    Weight 68 g 99 g
    Tip to Heel Length 112 mm 140 mm
    Blade Height at Heel 30 mm 30 mm
    Width of Spine Above Heel 1.9 mm 1.9 mm
    Width of Spine at Middle of Blade 1.9 mm 1.9 mm
    Width of Spine at about 1 cm from tip 1.3 mm 1.1 mm


    Nigara SG2 line features the state-of-the-art Super Gold 2 powdered steel with excellent edge retention, toughness and extreme sharpness, the Tsuchime (hammered) pattern gives the knife a rustic touch. This line offers an excellent price / performance ratio. ==========

    Since being appointed by the domain of Tsugaru to make Japanese swords, Nigara Forging has a history of over 350 years. As one of the few noble swordsmiths in Japan, Nigara homono has continued to preserve this art. The making of swords has been abandoned as a business item since 1965, but the same forging techniques such as welding and hammering have been kept alive in the making of kitchen knives since then.

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