During my 4th trip to Japan I gave each of the 13 blacksmiths I met with a request. My request to Kanehide was to please make a wa handled laser version of their very popular PS60 mono steel like for my customers. This knife is a result of that request and we think it's going to dominate the market for a good, thin, wa handled knife at a lower price point. The quality is too good to resist. Hitachi makes this steel for the razor industry and has a dominant share of the market worldwide and is nearly identical to AEB-L. Kanehide was able to increase the hardness to HRC 60-61 through special heat treating and also increasing the wear resistance by giving the blades by using 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.
The result is a fully stainless knife that sharpens extremely well and cuts great. It features a nice, custom handle made by our woodworker.
Construction: Laser Cut, Mono Steel
Steel: PS60 Stainless
Weight: 4.4 oz / 126g
Blade Length: 182 mm
Overall Length: 320 mm
Spine Thickness at Heel: 2.3 mm
Blade Height at Heel: 47.3 mm
Handle: Walnut Octagonal