Honesuki knife, Shirogami 1 with stainless steel cladding, nashiji finish - Goko
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Goko Hamono is one of the last remaining forges left in the Tokyo area. It’s a family business that has been operational for around 30 years and in this time they have gained an excellent reputation for their outstanding work.
SHAPE: Honesuki. This shape was originally intended as a poultry knife but today is often bought for its nice length and good looks. They can be either single or double bevel. This one is double bevel so suitable for both lefties an righties.
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. Due to the non stainless nature of this steel care must be taken to dry the knives properly after use. Having said this it is worth noting that these knives are clad with stainless steel meaning only the core will discolour greatly reducing maintenance.
FINISH: Nashiji or pear skin finish. This matt and mottled finish helps with food release and looks very rustic.
HANDLE: Octagonal Rosewood wood handle with a pakkawood ferrule.
MAKER: Goko - Kashiwa city, Japan
BEST FOR: Those wanting the performance of carbon steel but with the ease of use of stainless steel.
SAUNDERS SAYS: "Well I now own this Goko as well. It has some real heft to it making it a perfect poultry boning knife."
These knives are hand-forged so there may be slight variations in measurements and finishes.