After 20 years in the knife business, we don't get wowed very often but the Kohetsu Blue #2 Wa Honesuki 150mm has smitten us. If you are looking to enter the world of carbon steel Japanese knives, we highly recommend the Kohetsu Blue #2 line of knives and this 150mm wa honesuki in particular.
This 150mm honesuki is a great cutter at a fantastic price. The nicely proportioned handle is balanced by the finely ground blade. Itís an attractive knife full of character while being easy to maintain.
While carbon steels require some care in that they can discolor or rust, the addition of stainless cladding reduces this to just the exposed edge. The extra care needed on this edge is offset by the much easier sharpening characteristics of the metal. Even a novice sharpener will feel comfortable bringing this edge up to its full potential.
The knife comes with a very good asymmetrical grind that is about 60/40 making it great for left- and right-handed users.
You will be hard pressed to find a better value in a knife than this lovely 150mm Kohetsu honesuki. The knife is topped off with a very nice urushi finished handle made of solid oak wood in an octagonal configuration.
Line: Blue #2
Location: Seki, Japan
Maker: Tsukahara san
Edge Steel: Hitachi Blue #2 Carbon Steel
Cladding: Stainless Steel
Edge Grind: Double Bevel 60/40
Handle: Oak Octagonal
Handle Finish: Burnt Urushi
Weight: 3.5 ozs / 100g
Blade Length: 148 mm
Overall Length: 282 mm
Thickness at Heel: 2.3 mm
Blade Height at Heel: 39.4 mm