Matsubara Hamono is now run by Master Katsuto Tanaka who has been making knives for almost 40 years. They still use traditional forge welding techniques and are able to produce excellent hardness from their steels. We are very excited to sell these knives.
SHAPE: Gyuto. Japan's answer to the chef's knife with a thinner profile. Gyuto translates to cow sword.
STEEL: Shirogami (white paper) 1 steel. This steel has the highest amount of carbon out of the paper steels so will get crazy sharp easily. It is a very reactive steel so best kept dry although the kurouchi finish will help inhibit rust.
FINISH: Kurouchi. This is a traditional, rustic finish achieved by leaving the furnace scale from the forging process on the blade rather than polishing it off. It has the advantage of reducing the reactivity of the surface of the knife and gives the blade a stylish, matt black finish.
HANDLE: Octagonal oak handle with purple heart ferrule for the 240mm and 210mm, and also the option of an Octagonal walnut handle with stripped ebony ferrule for the 210mm. Suitable for both lefties and righties.
LENGTH: 210mm and 240mm
MAKER: Matsubara - Omura city, Japan
BEST FOR: Everything except bones.
SAUNDERS SAYS: “A classic blade with unusual handle detailing.”
These knives are hand-forged so there may be slight variations in measurements and finishes.