We are very fond of the Gihei blacksmith shop and their wonderful products. In business since 1928, Gihei have been pushing the boundaries of knife making with the use of the most modern steels and techniques. HAP40 is a semi stainless PM steel which they harden to a very high 65-66 HRC. We have nicknamed this alloy “Voodoo Steel”. The steel takes and holds an extraordinarily fine edge. The inner core is then covered with a tough 440 stainless steel jigane adding strength and extra protection. The finish is classic and the execution is top notch. The end result is a line of knives of great virtue and beauty, all at an affordable price.