Itto-Ryu is making some really interesting knives these days and this is one of them. This hammered Kurouchi knife is a real looker and great performing knife. White #2 is the top selling carbon steel in Japan for a good reason. The steel is easy to heat treat, takes a wicked edge and holds it well. It's nearly perfect for blacksmiths that want to make great performing knives.
Get THIS if you can! Wicked sharp and unique looking blade that holds an edge. I first thought the chestnut handle which is open grained and rustic adds to the appeal of this knife would not feel right in the hand. Not so...it is the best feeling handle I have had in my hands,ever! Fantastic knife especially for the price.