The honesuki is made for parting out and processing poultry and other birds. They are customarily stiff blades with very pointed tips and a triangular shape. While some are single sided, this Okeya Ginsan Honesuki is a 50/50 symmetrical ground blade. This makes it far easier to use and sharpen for most people.
The core steel is Ginsan stainless steel. It is also known as G3 or Silver 3. It is one of the better stainless steels used in knife making being both very stain resistant and possessing an ability to hold a great edge. It is very fine grained so taking it to the stones is a task that is fairly easy and results in an edge that is screaming sharp.
The knife is very light, weighing in at a mere 2.6 ounces. But for all its light weight it has a stiff and resilient blade. The blade is quite thin at the heel and it stays that way to the beginning of the tip. The inner core is clad with a softer stainless steel to protect and strengthen it. That layer is then given a hammered finish which is more decoration than functional. There is also some really nice hand chiseled kanji applied to the blade face—a nice touch at this price point. A low key but well-made rosewood handle completes this high value package.