Katsushige Anryu started apprenticing as a knife maker under his father, Katsutoshi Anryu, after graduating high school in 1959. He is a fourth generation knife maker and has been working as a blacksmith for well over 50 years. The knives we are selling under his name are great examples of his work.
The Hammered Blue #2 line have a unique hand-hammered finish with a stainless clad and Aogami #2 (blue paper #2) steel core on the edge. He heat treats these knives in the HRC 62+- range. The handle is made of bubinga wood.
I was looking for a blue #2 steel nakiri clad in stainless steel with a little heft. This is the knife. It wasn’t razor sharp OOTB. I gave it a 320,1200,8000 nagura stoning,polished with strop and the basics. It now pops hair off my arm. Take care of this baby. The edge can be fragile,pending on the angle and bevel you choose. I went to about 10 degrees each side with a nice visible edge. It’s the fine blue steel edge you must care for. The grinds are close to 50/50,just a tad more ground on the left side of the knife,but ground very sweetly. It is an extremely well made knife. Very fine craftsmanship on this puppy. The maker of this knife truly knows what they are doing. A true gem from the orient. An awesome knife and definitely a keeper! Thank You CKTG
By: Jim Smegg
Great knife goes through food like butter very well made love the hand hammered finish. Very sharp