Yu Kurosaki excels in creating knives that are truly athletic in character, performing equally as well cutting hard, dense produce as they do gliding through onions. Much of this is due to how thin his knives get behind the edge and the wonderful convex grind on the blade which becomes nearly imperceptible towards the tip. Just one look at the choil photograph reveals the amazing craftsmanship and design abilities of this talented blacksmith.
Blacksmith: Yu Kurosaki
Location: Echizen, Japan
Construction: San Mai
Edge Steel: SG2 Stainless
Edge Grind: Even 50/50
Handle: Yo, Turquoise
Weight: 6.4 oz (182 g)
Blade Length: 178 mm
Total Length: 295 mm
Spine Thickness at Base: 2.1 mm
Blade Height: 45 mm
The new Senko line of knives does not sway from this tradition but, as with his other lines, it comes with a unique and stylish look. The hammer marks of this design resemble mini triangles and together with the fairly high polish give the upper surface a wonderful sparkle in the light.
Kurosaki-san has used SG2 powdered metallurgical stainless steel as the core steel. This is covered, san-mai style, with a stainless steel cladding. The core steel is hardened to 62 HRC. The distinctive way in which they finish these knives is not for looks alone. The unique and very attractive cladding shimmers in the light as it releases food in an almost magical way.
A really nice handle made with turquoise completes the package.