Chromax steel is a new knife steel that has excellent properties for kitchen knives. This is a semi stainless steel that sharpens nicely and holds an edge well. Takamura decided to make a line of affordable knives that have outstanding cutting performance and this is the result. Chromax is composed of 5% Chromium, 1% Carbon, 0.9% Manganese, 1.2% Molybdenum and 0.5% Vanadium. The steel is much less reactive than true carbon steel but gives many of the same sharpening and performance characteristics of some of the better carbon steels like blue #2. HRC on these is 64-65 Rockwell.
The tsuchime hammered pattern is very attractive on this line and the fit and finish is way better than most knives in this general price range. We expect this will be a favorite by our customers for years to come. The Takamura brothers are located in Echizen Japan about a block away from Saji-san and about a mile down the road from Takefu Village.