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Hideo Kitaoka damascus shirogami#2 usuba 180mm

Hideo Kitaoka damascus shirogami#2 usuba 180mm

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A damascus usuba knife forged by Hideo Kitaoka. This traditional vegetable knife has a core steel of shirogami#2 which is known to take a very fine edge. It is the perfect steel for this type of knife. The blade features an alluring damascus finish and is paired with an octagonal handle crafted from luxurious Macassary ebony wood, adding a touch of sophistication and natural elegance. Ebony wood is preferred for its durability, density, and moisture resistance.

※ Hideo Kitaoka, a third-generation master blacksmith from Echizen, is the current owner of Kitaoka Hamono, founded in 1868. With over 50 years of experience, he specializes in crafting exquisite single-bevel knives using traditional Japanese techniques. His passion for preserving craftsmanship is evident in his exceptional work.

Brand/ maker: Hideo Kitaoka
Location: Echizen, Japan
Knife type: usuba
Finish: damascus

Construction type: nimai
Cladding: iron clad damascus
Core steel: Hitachi shirogami#2 / white#2
Steel type: carbon

Overall length: 320mm
Blade length (heel to tip): 169mm
Blade height at heel: 46.7mm
Spine thickness at handle: 3.9mm
Spine thickness at heel: 3.5mm
Spine thickness at middle: 2.8mm
Spine thickness 1cm from the tip: 2.7mm
Weight: 202g

Edge/bevel: single bevel
Handle: octagonal Maccassar ebony
Hand orientation: right-handed
Saya/ sheath: Not included

Reminder: Regular care is crucial for maintaining the fine condition of your Japanese knives, like this Hideo Kitaoka damascus shirogami#2 usuba knife. Refer to our care guide for more information.

Exclusive of shipping fee.
We ship worldwide via EMS or DHL.

Care Guide

Proper care is essential for Japanese kitchen knives. Here are some important points to consider:
  • Use a whetstone to maintain sharpness. Avoid electric sharpeners and pull-through sharpeners, as they are not suitable for Japanese kitchen knives. Honing rods, typically used for western-style knives, may potentially damage the edge, particularly if you're a beginner.

  • Choose a wooden or rubber cutting board instead of bamboo or poly boards to preserve the knife's edge.

  • Keep the knife clean and dry, especially if it is made of carbon steel. Carbon knives are prone to rusting. If you prefer a lower-maintenance option, stainless or stainless-clad carbon knives are recommended.

  • Avoid using the knife to cut through bones or frozen foods. It's best to use a separate knife specifically designed for these tasks.

  • When cutting, use a smooth and fluid motion, avoid twisting or torquing the blade. This technique helps maintain control and minimizes the risk of damage.

  • Never put Japanese kitchen knives in the dishwasher. Instead, hand wash them with mild soap, ensuring thorough cleaning, and then dry them completely before storing.

By following these guidelines, you can ensure the longevity and optimal performance of your Japanese kitchen knives. Remember, proper care and attention will enhance your culinary experience and protect your investment.

FAQs: Shipping, Tax, Tracking

1. How long does shipping take?
We ship from Tokyo, Japan to different countries via DHL or EMS. Please find the estimated shipping times below:

US, Canada, Australia, Europe: 3-5 days
Middle East: 5-10 days
Asia: 2-5 days

For the Philippines:
Manila and nearby cities: 2-5 days
Visayas/Mindanao: 10-20 days

Please note that actual delivery times may vary due to factors beyond our control.

2. Are taxes included in the price?
Please note that taxes are not included in the prices listed on our website. If you would like your order to be sent as a "gift" or if you have other requests, please let us know.

(Note: For customers in the Philippines, there are no import taxes regardless of the order value. You will only pay 112 PHP for the Presentation to Customs Charge (PTCC) fee.)

3. How can I track my order?
Once shipped, we'll send a tracking link via email.

4. Is it door-to-door delivery?
Yes, DHL and EMS provide convenient door-to-door delivery.

Return Policy

  • You can return products within 14 days of receiving them.
  • To be eligible for return, the product must be unused, in the same condition as when you received it, and in the original packaging.
  • You must provide a proof of purchase to complete your return.
  • Buyers are responsible for the cost of returning products.
  • Contact us at to arrange a return.

Please note:

  • Knives damaged due to misuse, improper care, poor technique, mistakes in use or sharpening, or any other type of damage resulting from user error are not eligible for return, exchange, or refund.


  • We will notify you by email once we receive and inspect your returned item.
  • If approved, a credit will be applied to your original method of payment within a certain amount of days.
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Hideo Kitaoka damascus shirogami#2 usuba 180mm

Hideo Kitaoka damascus shirogami#2 usuba 180mm