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Shigeki Tanaka Swordlike Archformed Aogami Damascus Sakimaru Sashimi Knives 330mm Long

The Shigeki Tanaka Aogami Swordlike Knife series feature beautiful Damascus-patterned blades with a core of Blue Paper (Aogami or Aoko) No.2 Steel, known as prime high carbon steel. The longer blade 330mm shows its stylish arched shape, recreating the element of the traditional Japanese sword. This material has highest wear resistance and toughness because of …

Mt.Fuji-on-Wave Mirrored Honyaki Yanagiba Knife by Togashi Kenji – Sakai Takayuki

This Honyaki knife with Mt.Fuji on wave is the quite hard-to-get and hard-to-make item.  The blacksmith is “Togashi Kenji” in Sakai, known as one of the most acclaimed traditional craftsmen, capable of making water-quenched honyaki knives of superb quality with a Mount Fuji patterned hamon. Their high hardness and excellent heat treatment make them tools …

Goh Umanosuke Yoshihiro Honyaki Shirogami Steel with traditional water-quenched WAVE

The Mirrored Honyaki series is the TOP line of Goh Umanosuke Yoshihiro brand that has been cultivated through a long 600-year history by skilled craftsmen in Sakai, Japan. This mirror finished Shiroko or White Paper (Shirogami) #2 Steel Knife is made from famous Yasugi steel, known as prime high carbon steel, specifically developed for tools and knives.  Its …

Honyaki Knife Special Coverage debut!

We’re pleased to announce that the special feature page of Honyaki knives has been released with some new cool items. Honyaki knives are forged solely from one material: high-carbon steel (called “Hagane”). Generally the Hagane is White steel(Shirogami) or Blue steel(Aogami). The structure method used to make Honyaki knives is similar to that used to …

Why honyaki knives so expensive, even if made with a single steel like cheap stainless knives ?

A customer asked about the wave line on a popular kitchen knife, “Hello, i have a question and can´t find the answer at the tutorials. There are two blade structures of traditional japanese knives.   Kasumi (cheaper)   Honyaki (very expensive) There are some cheaper japaneses knives made with stainless steel. I think they are …

Takohiki v.s. Yanagiba, Which is suitable for Sushi and Sashimi?

A customer gave us a good question about Sushi/Sashimi knives. “I’m looking for a sushi knife, can’t decide which I should select, Takohiki or Yanagiba. The takohiki just look cool, functionally wise they should be the same but which would be better for sushi related tasks, mainly sashimi and nigiri?” It is a kind of basic question but very …

Honyaki and Kasumi Knives — Two basic categories of Japanese wa-bocho

One of our customers gave us a question, ” I am looking for non stainless, that is a full carbon knife. Is the honkasumi gyuto made of a mono steel or clad knife and what is the hardness of the steel?” That is a good question, because there are two basic categories of traditional Japanese knives, …

Structure of Hocho

Originally, all Japanese kitchen knives – Hocho – clearly show their relation to the Samurai sword. The blades are forged traditionally in multiple layers, with an inner core of hard and brittle carbon steel, forgewelded with a thick layer of soft and more ductile iron steel sandwiched around the core so that the hard steel …

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