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.
- Blade Length: 240mm (Measurement of the cutting edge)
- Steel Type - Cladding: Soft Iron
- Steel Type - Cutting edge: White #2
- Left or Right handed: Either
- Hardness: 61 HRC
- Handle style: Japanese
- Handle material: Rosewood
Our aim is to measure everything as accurately as possible but some specifications (such as hardness for example) are provided by the manufacturer and therefore should be used as a guide only.
What you get
Knife making is in Anryu-san's blood. A fourth generation knife maker and has been working as a blacksmith for well over 50 years.