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
Weight: 5.5 oz / 156g
Blade Length: 240 mm
Overall Length: 400 mm
Spine Thickness at Heel: 2.14 mm
Blade Height: 49.70 mm
Steel: PS60 Stainless
Handle: Stabilized Walnut Octagonal
Ferrule: Stabilized Maple
I just feel compelled to tell you that yours is the most ridiculously informative site of this nature I have ever come across.
Mark is great at answering questions for knife nuts of all levels. His service is second to none. Really appreciate the time he puts into every email as well as the free forum he hosts.
Great experience working with Chef Knives to Go. Quick delivery, and they are great about returning emails. I'm actually waiting on my second knife from them. I'm sure there will be more to come.
Very grateful such a dedicated and informative group of people provide excellent steel at competitive prices with superior customer service! A million thank yous!
Great service and quick shipping. Best selection of Japanese knives around. I recommend this site to all of my fellow culinary professionals!
Always the best. Quick shipping, description matches what is delivered and the price, you can't beat them. I always come here to order anything I might need for the kitchen and I am never disappointed.
My go to company for kitchen gear. Awesome selection of knives and tools. Super fast shipping. Never had a problem and questions about all products are answered quickly. Great customer service.