Keiai (pronounced "key-eye") in Kanji means "rare" and "encounter."
This knife is made with White #1 steel. It is a very pure carbon steel that is different from Blue #1 due to the absence of chromium and tungsten. Shirogami 1 is renowned for its ability to take a razor sharp edge. However, its holding power is not on a par with other alloys, and it is quite reactive, so care with drying and storage is required. But give it the love it needs and there is nothing like the silky smooth feel this steel gives to an edge.
The inner core of the Keiai T1 is covered with a softer carbon steel using the san-mai method. That layer is finished in a very good-looking kurouchi finish, which aids in corrosion resistance and reduced food sticking. The kurouchi finish then transforms into a beautiful satin-finished blade path, which in turn reveals the inner core White steel.
Steel: White #1
Construction: San Mai
Weight: 2.8 ounces
Blade Length: 145 mm
Spine Thickness at Base: 2 mm
Blade Height: 30mm
Construction: Hammer Forged, San Mai
Edge: White 1
Handle: Single Piece, Walnut Octagonal
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