We recently found this small blacksmith shop based in Kumamoto that makes sickles, hoes, and other gardening and farming implements. They've been in business since 1923. Recently, they started Hocho production and this is the first knife they are producing for sale. This transition from farm tools to kitchen knives is a common one with many of our blacksmiths. We've been able to help support these multi generation businesses by encouraging them to diversify their product offerings as the farm tool business has declined over the past 40 years.
The Yoshito Saku Blue #2 Santoku is made with Ginsan stainless steel also know as G3. The finish is hairline and it is hand engraved. Both choil and spine are nicely smoothed.
This is typical santoku in terms of shape and dimensions. It has a long flat section to the edge which gently curves up to the sheep’s foot tip. This knife will please push cutters in particular but will also appeal to users who like to rock, too!
There is a very simple and basic look to this knife which we find very attractive. The oval hardwood handle is made of oak and has a Urushi finish on it to protect it from water and furthers this aesthetic with a nice black and red combination that looks great. Urushi is a traditional craft and is made from the sap of a tree. Urushi is not coated on the handle but penetrates inside the handle, and this protects the wood from water and moisture. Mr. Fukishima and his son are one of only a select few shops in Japan that make their own handles for use on their knives and these are beautiful examples of their work.
Brand: Yoshito Saku
Construction: San Mai Hammer Forged
Edge Steel: Aogami #2 (Blue #2)
Edge Grind: Even
Handle: Urushi Hardwood Oval
Blade Height: 48mm
Edge Length: 169mm
Weight: 5.1oz / 146g
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