We have been selling the knives from Kanehide Bessaku for several years. They manufacture specialty brands of knives from their shop in the center of Japanese knife making, Seki City. They have been making blades for many different needs and uses with an emphasis on butchering, filleting, and other meat processing functions. Their products are well made and use many of the top steels available, including the popular semi-stainless alloy, PS60.
Hitachi makes this steel for the razor blade industry and has a dominant share of the market worldwide. The steel is almost identical to AEB-L and 13C26. Kanehide was able to increase the hardness to HRC 60-61 through special heat treating, and they were able to increase the wear resistance by giving the blades a cryogenic treatment with liquid nitrogen at minus 180 degrees C. The sub-zero treating works to change retained austenite to martensite, as a result, it is effective not only to enhance the hardness but also the wear resistance.
This is one of several knives with western handles that we asked Kanehide to make as a wa-handled version especially for our customers. We are really pleased with the outcome. In this case the result is a fully stainless knife that sharpens extremely well and cuts as good as it looks.
Construction: Laser Cut, Mono Steel
Steel: PS60 Stainless
Handle: Custom Octagonal
Weight: 5.3 ounces / 150g
Blade Length: 240 mm
Spine Thickness at Heel: 2 mm
Blade Height at Heel: 50 mm