Gyuto knife, Shirogami 2/Aogami 2, damascus finish - Hashimoto Shoichi
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Hashimoto Shoichi describes himself as a damascus artist, and you can see why! Born in 1982, so very young in the blacksmith world, he makes everything from hunting knives to high end pizza wheels to chef knives. This one is a highly collectable coreless knife made from a combination of metals.
SHAPE: Gyuto. Japan's answer to the chef's knife with a thinner profile. Gyuto translates to cow sword.
STEEL: Aogami (blue paper) 2 steel and shirogami (white paper) 2 steel. Aogami 2 is very similar to white paper steel but with tungsten and chromium added to it which helps with edge retention and slows down rusting. This steel differs from Blue 1 in its carbon content, Blue 2 having slightly less carbon. Due to the non stainless nature of these steels, care must be taken to dry the knives properly after use. This is a coreless knife combining two metals.
FINISH: Damascus or suminigashi. This type of finish is made by creating a Kitaeji; which is produced by repeatedly folding/stacking then compressing two different steels until they create a laminated pattern. This can then be manipulated in various ways to produce the maker’s desired pattern effect.
HANDLE: Octagonal snakewood handle with white buffalo horn ferrule and end cap.
LENGTH: 240mm in length
MAKER: Hashimoto Shoichi
BEST FOR: An amazing knife from the next big maker in high end custom knives.
SAUNDERS SAYS: "an absolute stunner with best-in-class damascus”