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. Itto-Ryo Hammered 240 Gyuto
The cherry wood handle is extremely light and soft in hand,it feels great. It is a D-Shaped handle,I don’t not believe that is mentioned on the 240 but the video for the 210 has an oval handle but the one I received is in fact a D-Shape.
The knife is clad in SS then has another finishing layer with the hammered iron. You will see a patina along the edge and the hammered section of knife but not in the middle part.
Overall I put this through a grueling work out today at work and the edge stayed great,the steel seems a bit more durable then other white steel #2 I’ve had. And although this knife is much thicker in the spine and has a taller hight is still performs like a laser! Overall very satisfied,and had excellent customer service. I originally ordered the 210 but it went out of stock moments before Mark offered me the 240 for no extra cost he even sent it on a faster shipping!