The Yahiko Shirogami Hairline Gyuto 210mm is made from the ever popular Shirogami 2 high carbon steel. It is also commonly known as White #2, so named for the color of the paper the steel comes wrapped in. Shirogami steel is made by the Hitachi Company and is available in three varieties: 1, 2, and 3. The numbers refer to the amount of carbon in the alloy. The lower the number, the higher the carbon content. Knives made with Shirogami 2 take an extremely fine edge, but do not tend to have the edge retention of other alloys. However, they are fairly easy to sharpen compared to others.
The inner core is laminated with a soft iron to dampen the blade and protect the more fragile inner core. As it is a soft iron it will also discolor or corrode, so care must be taken to clean and dry the knife between uses. The outer layer is given a very nice hairline or brushed satin finish. A good looking traditional octagonal handle made from white oak and buffalo horn is a perfect fit for this understated blade. We are really pleased with the results of our collaboration with Mr. Mazaki and we believe that you will be delighted with these great performing kitchen knives.
Please note the video is the original ones he sent us under the Itto Ryu name. Current ones are under his own name engraved on the front. The photos are accurate.
Blacksmith: Mazaki San
Location: Sanjo City, Japan
Construction: San Mai, Hammer Forged
Cladding: Soft Iron
Core Steel: White #2 (Shirogami #2)
Edge Grind: Even (See Choil Photo #3)
Weight: 5.2 ounces
Blade Length: 215 mm
Total Length: 355 mm
Spine Thickness at Base: 3.5 mm
Blade Height: 49.3 mm
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