Yoshimitsu Hamono is a small blacksmith shop located a little north of Nagasaki, Japan. It was famously founded by five brothers who are the all now deceased and the business has been continued by one of their sons, Mr. Yoshisa. The business has been in continual operation since the time when Abraham Lincoln was president! They do most of their own cladding work by inserting the hard core steel into soft iron, an operation that is currently mostly done by specialty steel mills in other parts of Japan. It is this adherence to the old techniques that originally attracted us to this maker.
The blade is made from the popular steel called Aogami Super
Steel and this carbon rich alloy is then clad with a softer iron using the traditional san-mai construction. This gives the inner core protection and strength and results in a blade that can take and keep a super fine edge while remaining light and strong. The outer jigane features a rustic black kurouchi finish.
The blade is mated to an upgraded custom octagonal handle made with tiger maple that is stabilized.
Blacksmith: Mr. Yoshida
Construction: Hammer Forged, San Mai
They insert the edge steel manually
Handle: Custom Octagonal
Weight: 6.1 ounces / 74g
Blade Length: 215 mm
Total Length: 325 mm
Spine Thickness at Base: 2.5 mm
Blade Height: 53 mm