Kohetsu Blue #2 Nashiji Sujihiki 270mm. This great-looking knife is fashioned from Hitachi Blue Paper steel #2. It is forged with stainless steel cladding to add stability to the blade and protect the inner core from corrosion. The construction is san-mai, so the cladding does not wrap over the spine. The stainless steel cladding has an unusual-looking nashiji (pear skin) finish applied to it. Please clean and dry the blade between uses to protect the core steel from corrosion.
The design is classic sujihiki, but with a slight twist in that the tip has been cut straight from the spine to the point rather than with a curve, like a mini tanto. There is not much distal taper to the spine but it does thin out toward the tip in a very nice way. The blade is quite flat along most of the edge, but it develops into a nicely curved belly towards the tip. Because of this, the blade is quite stiff at the back end, with a bit of flex apparent towards the tip.
The blade is mated to a simple octagonal handle made from walnut with a pakka wood ferrule. Overall this is a very nice slicer that looks great is well-made and comes at a good price.