Sukenari hamono were founded in 1933. Throughout Japan they are known for their ability to forge blades of exceptional quality. They have also been real pioneers of forging modern Super and Powder steels.
SHAPE: Gyuto. Literally translates as "cow sword", this is Japan's answer to the western chef knife.
STEEL: SG2 or R2. These are modern powder steels and as the name suggested are formed from mixture of powdered elements heated and pressed together. This allows for very precise recipes to be followed. The steels themselves have the ability to be hardened to above 65 on the Rockwell scale giving them excellent edge retention. This does come at a slight cost in that they can be slightly difficult to sharpen.
FINISH: Migaki (polished).
HANDLE: Octagonal magnolia wood with buffalo horn ferrule.
LENGTH: 210mm and 270mm in length.
MAKER: Sukenari - Toyama, Japan
BEST FOR: Top of the line knives in crazy steels.
SAUNDERS SAYS: "I have waited a longtime to get knives in from this maker. Now they are here my only complaint is I need more as I want all of them."
These knives are hand-forged so there may be slight variations in measurements and finishes.