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Kikusumi Knives began as an exploration between cooking, nature and culture. Throughout history humans have created tools to help cook the food needed to survive. Over time tool making techniques were improved and refined. Our goal at Kikusumi is to design knives that forge high functionality together with natural beauty. Each product in our knife collection is the result of a meticulous design process in which ancient craftsmanship, imagination and new technology are combined to improve on what came before. It is our hope to create products that are as pleasurable to use as they are to look at.
In designing the Kikusumi black ceramic knives we tried to balance beautiful aesthetics with utilitarian functionality. We wanted to create a knife that you will want to pick up and use right away and yet will be durable enough to withstand everyday use in the home kitchen. We are proud to introduce a knife born of history and tradition and yet completely contemporary in its materials, form and look. Ceramic blades are made out of zirconium oxide which has a hardness level second only to diamonds. The process begins with the extraction of natural zirconium mineral from the earth which is then milled into a fine sand-like consistency. For our Kikusumi Black Ceramic knives we chose zirconium #4 which is the highest grade becuse its particles are 30% finer than any other grade of zirconium. The choice of a premium zirconium material results in a stronger and more durable knife blade without visible flaws, chromatic aberration or micro cracks. Not all ceramic blades are of equal quality and we have positioned Kikusumi ceramic blades at the top. Kikusumi black ceramic blades have a density that is higher than 6.02 g/cm³ with 30% lower porosity than other ceramic blades. They undergo exceptional pressure which is then followed by isostatic sintering that renders the blades their signature matte black color. Only the very best quality materials become part of Kikusumi Black Ceramic Knives.
Our knife brings a new level of craftsmanship and artisanal luxury to ceramic knife design. The colors reflect both the natural materials and prolonged firing process each knife goes through. The red kikusumi logo is ever present to inspire the cook to explore their creativity. Adding the logo to the blades is done using the same traditional method as ceramic pottery. It takes a second kiln firing to marry the this symbol of creativity with its blade and involves an extra 15 days time. The result is a detailed logo in 3 dimensions making it feel real and last longer. Kikusumi logo matches the sleek lines and subtle matte black hues of the blades to ensure that your knife can be proudly displayed in in your personal kitchen. The Kikusumi knife is available in the USA from 2016 and in Asia from 2017. Contemporary, elegant and gorgeous it makes a beautiful and practical addition the home kitchen.
We are collaborating with a few of the very best blade forgers and handle craftsmen on the planet, located in the oldest metal craft cities within Japan. These are highly limited in production and bare the marks of their specific region. Each knife represents a collaboration between the Kikusumi design team and master craftsmen from one of the 3 traditional knife manufacturing areas in Japan – Sakai, Gifu and Sanjo.. Packaging for each series is unique in both design and material and comes with a signed certificate of authenticity. These are knives for those who want the very best and represent the pinnacle of contemporary knife craftsmanship. Available from early 2017.
DIAMOND KNIFE SHARPENER Coming 2017