Kanehide PS60 Wa Gyuto 210mm. 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 world wide 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 octagonal walnut handle. Give it a try and we think you'll be as delighted with this knife as we are.
Construction: Laser Cut, Mono Steel
Weight: 4.3 ounces
Blade Length: 210 mm
Spine Thickness at Base: 2 mm
Blade Height: 45.5 mm
Steel: PS60 Stainless
Handle: Walnut Octagonal
5very solid knife, August 16, 2018
Posted By: Eric Tucker
the blade is great. Almost as easy to maintain as blue#2. 1.5 months solid use, just need to maintain on 4000 - 6000 grit. Very solid vegetable knife, stay away from bones and pits. Handle needed a bit of sanding and tung oil. Great for tomato and nightshades
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