We are pleased to introduce these fine knives made by Mr. Kyoshi Shindo in Tosa, Japan.
This first line of kitchen knives is made with SRK8 steel, which is an alloy a bit similar to Hitachi Shirogami #2, with chrome and nickel added for a little extra toughness. The steel is heat-treated to HRC 63+, a number we like for this kind of alloy. It should therefore hold a good edge and be easy to sharpen.
These are really good-looking knives featuring a well-done kurouchi finish on the upper blade road that fades to a nice matte sand-blasted lower portion. The core SRK8 steel shows really well against this backdrop. A really good-looking handle made from burnt oak wood is a perfect match for the blade and the name of the brand. “En” means flame in Japanese and “jin” means blade. Perfect indeed!
Blacksmith: Kyoshi Shindo
Location: Kami City, Kochi Prefecture, Japan
Construction: San Mai, Hammer Forged
Edge Steel: SRK8 Carbon Steel
Cladding: Soft Iron
Finish: Kurouchi/Sand Blast/Polished
Edge Grind: Even
HRC: 63 +-
Handle: Oak Octagonal Burnt Finish
Weight: 3.1 oz (88 g)
Edge Length: 126 mm
Total Length: 260 mm
Spine Thickness at Heel: 4.6 mm
Blade Height at Heel: 32.6 mm