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KATURA Premium Knife ~ 45 Layer Hammered Damascus AUS10 Stainless Steel Blade with Premium Wood Handle ~ 100% Handcrafted in Japan
KATURA Premium Knife ~ 45 Layer Hammered Damascus AUS10 Stainless Steel Blade with Premium Wood Handle ~ 100% Handcrafted in Japan
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KIKUSUMI

Kikusumi is a contemporary design company who collaborate with master artisans to create kitchen knives of exceptional quality to inspire people to cook well and eat better. We also believe in creating products that last and packaging them in a sustainable way.  Our team draws on decades of cooking professionally in exceptional restaurants across the world.  Each product we create combines the wisdom gained from prior experience with a passion for meticulous and memorable design.   At Kikusumi we have a simple ethos - a knife you love is a knife you will use more often.  

 KATURA KNIFE

The genesis of the KATURA knife was the desire to create a knife collection combining precision cutting ability with an artisan aesthetic.  We also wanted the knife to fit seamlessly into busy modern lifestyles so we chose materials that were easy to care for and maintain. We created KATURA for passionate cooks to express their creativity and make the food you, your family, friends and customers want to eat.

The KATURA knife pairs beautiful grain wood handles with a laser thin blade profile that utilizes both traditional forging and hi-tech laser technology.  Octagonal handles allow the hand to control the knife precisely no matter the grip style and are ambidextrous so right or left-handed cutting works equally well.  The thinness of the blades mean less resistance when cutting for an easier and more enjoyable kitchen experience.

JAPANESE BLADE

AUS10 STAINLESS STEEL

Great knife blades strike the right balance between hardness, durability, edge angles and blade thickness.  Thorough testing of our prototype found the KATURA AUS10 stainless steel blades to score high on all of the important blade qualities plus they are easy to care for and maintain.  Each blade in the series has been masterfully crafted to achieve remarkable consistency and thinness.  A thinner blade means less resistance when cutting which in the kitchen translates to easier cutting and having more fun doing it.  

45 LAYER DAMASCUS STEEL

Once the AUS10 steel core of the knife is complete a thin layer of Damascus steel is folded over to improve blade stability, structure and durability. Damascus steel also adds a beautiful layered aesthetic to the knife surface which on the KATURA receives a final polish to fully express its elegant layered pattern.

"TSUCHIME" HAMMER FINISH

One of the distinguishing features of true artisan knives is the individual character found in every knife. A distinctive hammer finish - called "Tsuchime" in Japan - is applied to the upper surface of every KATURA blade.  The hammer dimples also reduce friction when cutting which helps to prevent food sticking to the blade making for a more fluid cutting motion.

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HONBAZUKE SHARPENING

Once complete, every KATURA blade undergoes "honbazuke" blade honing carried out by our select group of Japanese sharpening artisans.  The 50/50 blade bevel is carefully tapered to a 15 degree angle which results in a razor-sharp edge that slides through food with remarkable ease.  AUS10 has superb durability and when the blades need sharpening it is easy to regain the edge with sharpening stones.

ERGONOMIC HANDLE

OCTAGON-SHAPED HANDLE

At Kikusumi we believe a knife that is comfortable to hold is a knife that will be used more often. For the KATURA series we have collaborated with wood artisans to create an octagon shaped handle that fits perfectly in your hand - we call it the Kikusumi OCTO handle.  Handle sizes and diameter are different for each knife in order to ensure proper balance and blade synergy. When you pick up any KATURA knife the idea of parts disappears as each knife functions as a singular whole.

KATURA handles are made from 100% natural wood.  We have chosen the most beautifully grained wood and given our customers a choice of either Walnut or Rosewood.  Walnut is lighter in both hue and weight than Rosewood.  Each wood handle is seamlessly joined with a black pakkawood collar that securely covers the link to the blade.  The surface of each OCTO handle is sanded to a silky smoothness and finished with a natural wax to waterproof and ensure durability. 

YAKKIN BRANDING

At Kikusumi we believe in the importance of tradition in the craft of knife making so with the KATURA knife series we revisited a technique used in the Edo period called "yakkin" in Japanese.   We first created an iron replica of the Kikusumi logo then heated it in fire.  Once red hot, the iron is pushed into the end of each knife handle.  After a lot of smoke and sizzle, the Kikusumi logo appears.  The Yakkin branding adds a unique artisan character to the KATURA knives which sets it apart from others.

MADE IN SEKI JAPAN

A knife becomes more than simple utility when it has a history, evokes emotion and inspires creativity.   KATURA knives are rooted in the history of its place of origin - Seki, Japan. Seki blade smithing dates back some 700 years.  It is a place where many master craftsmen have created blades that cherished by samurai commanders for an ability to resist breaking, super sharp edges and high artistic qualities. When we set about designing the KATURA series we wanted to draw on that history and blend it into the DNA of each knife.

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Decades of learning and practice informs every member of our team of master craftsmen.  In Japan the word ‘Takumi’ describes those who have this precious blend of skill and spirit.  It is their meticulous attention to detail that ensures the parts that make up the KATURA knife are of superior quality.

At Kiksuumi we are dedicated to collaborating with skilled craftsman to push the envelope of what a great knife can be. Each backer of the KATURA knife project receives not only their chosen reward but also the knowledge they have contributed to the fostering of innovative new talent and the passing on of valuable cultural and craftsmanship tradition.

EXQUISITE ENGRAVING

A special font for KATURA branding was chosen and has been engraved into the surface of the knife along with the knife's place of origin - SEKI (engraved in Japanese kanji). The place of origin is important for us as it speaks to the history behind the knife.  Also, on the right side of the blade the KIKUSUMI logo is punched into the blade surface. In our research on knife making techniques of the past we discovered a unique way of applying the Kikusumi logo called "Yakkin". An iron replica of our logo is first created then heated and "burnt' into the end of every wood handle. It is a distinctive detail that enriches the artisan aesthetic of each KATURA knife.

MIRROR POLISH

To fully appreciate the aesthetic nuances of the steel and hammered blade surface we employ the services of an artisan specializing in polishing blades here in Japan.  The waves of damascus steel layers reflect beautifully and as one tilts the blade under light as do the engraved markings of origin and design.

LUXURY GIFT BOX

BLACK + SILVER LETTER PRESS GIFT BOX

We have designed, prototyped and tested an original box and brochure to enhance the story of handcrafting the KATURA knife tells.   The gift box is precision-crafted from panels composed of recycled milk cartons and constructed into a unique black box.  Each box is stamped by letterpress with an elegant matte silver Kikusumi logo. The box is strikingly modern craftsmanship in itself and reflects the values and craftsmanship of the knives held within.   A beautiful silver grosgrain ribbon made by Fujiyama Japan adorns every box.

 LIMITED TIME KICKSTARTER SPECIAL !!

FREE SHIPPING ***

KNIFE SETS orders have FREE Shipping to the following areas:

USA    Canada    European Union    United Kingdom

Australia    Hong Kong    Japan    Singapore

SINGLE KNIFE orders > $190 USD have FREE Shipping to the following areas:

USA    Canada    European Union     United Kingdom

Australia    Hong Kong   Japan    Singapore   

NOTE:  All Rewards will be shipped via Japan Post EMS with full tracking

PROJECT TIMELINE 

 

KIKUSUMI PLATINUM WARRANTY

Kikusumi premium knives are manufactured to the absolute highest level of quality standards in Japan. Every knife comes with our Platinum Warranty protection. Kikusumi knives are fully warranted to be free of defects in material and/or craftsmanship.  Our knives are built to last and we guarantee it.

KIKUSUMI AFTER CARE

We strongly believe in customer after care.  Informing and educating customers on how to get the most out their Kikusumi knives is important to us so we are consistently adding new help videos, tips and recipes to our website and custom built KIkusumi App for IOS and Android.  

Risks and challenges

WHY WE NEED FUNDS

We have successfully completed the design, prototype and testing of the knife and have secured the necessary supply chain for materials, assembling and packaging. We now need your help to raise USD $10,000 to fund the purchase of materials and tools required to complete a first production run.

The biggest challenges we face are the supply chain logistics of our artisan partners who help craft the handles and forge the blades. We anticipate the timeline for delivery will only change due to unexpected issues. We will communicate with backers should any such issue arise to ensure complete satisfaction. We are committed to keeping our campaign status up to date throughout the funding period and beyond. The Team KIkusumi thank you for your support in bringing the KATURA knife project to life and look forward to delivering knives of exceptional quality to all of of our backers!

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    KATURA Artisan knife set for your kitchen.
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    * Santoku knife 7” / 18 cm
    * Gyuto Chef knife 8.3” / 21 cm
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    * Petty knife 6” / 15 cm
    * Nakiri knife 6.5” / 16.5 cm
    * Santoku knife 7” / 18 cm
    * Gyuto Chef knife 8.3” / 21 cm
    * Sujihiki Slicer knife 9.5” / 24 cm

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    6 Knife KATURA Collection [Walnut]

    KATURA Collection knife set for your kitchen.
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    * Petty knife 6” / 15 cm
    * Nakiri knife 6.5” / 16.5 cm
    * Santoku knife 7” / 18 cm
    * Gyuto Chef knife 8.3” / 21 cm
    * Gyuto Chef knife 9.5” / 24 cm
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    6 Knife KATURA Collection [Rosewood]

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    * Petty knife 6” / 15 cm
    * Nakiri knife 6.5” / 16.5 cm
    * Santoku knife 7” / 18 cm
    * Gyuto Chef knife 8.3” / 21 cm
    * Gyuto Chef knife 9.5” / 24 cm
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Funding period

- (30 days)