Okeya-San originally opened his blacksmith shop to produce kogatana blades. Kogatanas are popular Japanese small knives used for woodworking and other cutting and whittling jobs. The Okeya clan recently moved into the world of kitchen knives to broaden their horizons. The Okeya line of kitchen knives seems to be growing every week and we are really pleased by the price/performance balance that they have managed to achieve. The knives are very simple but made with care and attention to the main purpose: cutting stuff!
The Okeya White #2 Hairline is a really nice petty made from the popular Shirogami #2 steel. Itís also known as White Paper #2, named for the paper the steel is wrapped in. It is hardened to a Rockwell rating of 60 and then hammer forged using the san-mai method of awasi. This clads the blade faces with a softer steel while leaving the edge and spine uncovered. The blade face is given a hairline finish. Of course, as a carbon steel blade, this knife needs careful cleaning and drying after use.
This is a normal sized petty with a finely pointed tip for getting into small places and making very fine cuts for garnishes. It comes with a simple oval wood handle. A really nice knife at a great price!