Sakimaru knife, Shirogami 2 Honyaki, mirror finish - Togashi Kenji
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Togashi Kenji is a highly experienced Sakai-based blacksmith. He is most famous for his honyaki or true-forged blades. These blades use a mono steel construction which is then differentially hardened. This basically means the edge is harder than the spine. The wave line, or hamon, seen on the blade face is an indication that the blade has been hardened in this way. These are the hardest knives to make and failure rate is high.
SHAPE: Sakimaru. A version of a yanagiba, being used for precise slicing typically when preparing sushi. With it's distinct flat tip making it look more like a samurai sword than a chef knife, it's the ultimate Japanese knife.
STEEL: Shirogami (white) 2 steel. It is a reactive carbon steel which is easy to sharpen and holds an edge well. This steel is often chosen for traditional-style Japanese knives.
FINISH: Mirror polished.
HANDLE: Octagonal with silver spacer and buffalo horn ferrule.
LENGTH: 300mm in length.
MAKER: Togashi Kenji - Sakai, Japan
BEST FOR: Seekers of the ultimate in Japanese knife craftsmanship.
SAUNDERS SAYS: "I only got one of these which was the a mistake. This thing is magnificent, it’s definitely got some weight to it but it’s still perfectly balanced.”