Gyuto knife, shirogami 1, kurouchi finish, wenge handle - Nishida


Nishida-san is one of Japan’s up and coming blacksmiths. He has been blacksmithing for 12 years and started making hunting knives. Unusually for Japan, he undertakes all of the knife making processes himself including forge welding the steel together to make a layered blade.

SHAPE: Gyuto. Japan's answer to the chef's knife with a thinner profile. 

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. These blades are also clad with soft iron which is also susceptible to 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 Wenge handle with a pakkawood ferrule.

LENGTH: 180mm in length.

MAKER: Daisuke Nishida - Minami-seki, Japan

BEST FOR: Those wanting medium to heavy weight knives that are very traditionally forged.

SAUNDERS SAYS: "These knives are really beautiful and, at only 35 years old, I think Nishida-san is someone to watch."

These knives are hand-forged so there may be slight variations in measurements and finishes.