The Takamura brothers use a relatively new steel to produce the Chromax line of knives. Chromax steel is a semi-stainless that offers the best of both worlds: less reactive and a true carbon steel, but still able to take the impressive keen edges of a carbon. The hardness of the core steel is in the 64-65 Rockwell. These knives were designed to be affordable, yet offer performance that far exceeds their price. This 130mm petty is proof of of that concept.
The stainless cladding is hammered and offers corrosion and rust resistance while adding strength and durability to the incredibly hard core steel. The finish is very well done and quite attractive.
The handle is a western, yo handle done with brown pakka wood scales that are riveted to the full tang. The fit and finish on both the handle and the knife are above average. A true performer at an exceptional value!
Blacksmith: Takamura Brothers
Location: Echizen, Japan
Construction: San Mai / Hammer Gorged
Cladding: Hammered Stainless
Core Steel: Chromax
Edge Length: 130mm
Spine Thickness: 1.5mm
Handle: Western (Yo)
Scales: Wooden with 3 rivets