It's not every day that we can offer a knife made by hand from a licensed Japanese swordsmith. Yukawa san is a lone sword maker from Hofu in central Japan and he asked me for a loan over a year ago to build out his workshop and make some improvements. But instead of asking for the money back I told him I would take payment in kitchen knives if he was interested and he said ok.
This particular knife is made with Hitachi Shirogami in a santoku
style and is fully polished by hand. The tang is burned into the octagonal handle and is sealed with food safe beeswax. It's a light, thin blade with good cutting action and an interesting history.
Blacksmith: Yasha Yukawa
Location: Hofu Japan
Consturcion: Hammer Forged, San Mai
Edge Steel: Shirogami #2
Edge Grind: Even 50/50
Cladding: Soft Iron
Yasha did the steel insertion into the iron bar
Finish: File Ground / Hand Sanded and finished
Handle: Walnut Octagonal
Ferrule: Buffalo Horn