Muneyoshi knives are made in Yamagata City, Yamagata Prefecture. Muneyoshi originated as a manufacturer of Japanese sickles, and their specialty is forging Hitachi Carbon steels like Shirogami#2 and Aogami #2 which they clad with soft iron. They moved into making kitchen knives for local consumption utilizing the same clad steels and single-edge designs, which are still popular with chefs in the area.
Mr. Suzuki is the head blacksmith of Muneyoshi and he told me he always works to put his soul and spirit into each knife he forges. For the past 50 years, his main business was sickle manufacturing and he believes he has produced and sold more than 1 million sickles! Thatís a lot of soul! The knife is finished with a lovely bog oak octagonal handle. The wood used is carbon-dated to 4,000 years old!
Blacksmith: Mr. Suzuki
Location: Yamagata, Japan
Construction: Hammer Forged, San Mai
Steel: White #2
Cladding: Soft Iron
Grind: Single Bevel (Right-Handed), Flat Back
Weight: 3.2oz / 92g
Blade Length: 135mm
Total Length: 275mm
Spine Thickness at Base: 2.5mm
Blade Height: 31mm
Handle: 4,000 Year Bog Oak Octagonal