We are pleased to introduce a new blacksmith from the Tosa region of Japan. His name is Mr. Kyohei Shindo. He was born in Hokkaido and graduated in Ryukyu University in Okinawa. His dream was to be a blacksmith and he started knife production in Tosa three years ago. We are very impressed with his work given such a short time in the saddle! He now works very hard to produce pretty much anything ordered by customers in the region, including tools and knives.
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: Shindo San
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: 2.7 oz/ 78g
Blade Length: 121mm
Overall Length: 256mm
Spine Thickness at Heel: 3.5mm
Blade Height at Heel: 34.0mm