The long and visually striking exposed layers that run the full length of each blade are created by exposing the multiple layers of protective iron cladding that taper down to a high carbon shirogami steel cutting edge and then finished with an oval rosewood handle - it's a thing of beauty.
It will react but it has the typical kurouchi (or blacksmith) finish which will help protect the knife, although not completely! Get used to wiping after use and that should help!
Shirogami, or white #2 is a very popular alloy in knife making and takes a skilful blacksmith to work with it and it is capable of an incredibly sharp edge. It is also really easy to sharpen which makes it a good steel to buy if you want a knife that is a bit easier to look after but still has the reactive properties of carbon steel.
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- Blade Length: 240mm (Measurement of the cutting edge)
- Steel Type - Cladding: Soft Iron
- Steel Type - Core: White #2
This knife is made from a reactive carbon steel which is not stainless and has some special care instructions and properties – Read our carbon steel care guide here
- Left or Right handed: Either
- Hardness: 61 (HRC)
- Handle Style: Japanese
- Handle Material: Rosewood
Product SKU: 5005
Our aim is to measure and photograph all our products as accurately as possible but due to the handmade nature of many items, please be aware that there may be some variance in the measurements and that things such as blade and knife handle patterns can vary and presentation boxes may differ from those shown but we will always endeavour to provide the most accurate measurements, photos and descriptions of our products.
Some measurements such as HRC are provided by the manufacturer and should therefore be used as a guide.
Katsushige Anryu/Takumi Ikeda
The shirogami range has been made for many years by master blacksmith Anryu san but with his retirement at the start of 2021, production of this line has passed to his nephew and apprentice and highly skilled blacksmith Takumi Ikeda.