Santoku knife, Shirogami 2 with iron cladding, Kurouchi finish - Naoki Mazaki
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Naoki Mazaki san is a very young blacksmith working out of Sanjo. Unusually he works on his own and completes every task himself including doing final blades adjustments on sharpening stones which is incredible rare.
SHAPE: Santoku. Named after the three best things to do with this knife - slicing, dicing and mincing. It is the classic veg prep knife with both good breadth and width.
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. This knife has been clad with iron so special care needs to be taken to prevent rusting.
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 Magnolia wood with Walnut ferrule.
LENGTH: 180mm in length.
MAKER: Naoki Mazaki - Sanjo city, Japan
BEST FOR: Everything except bones.
SAUNDERS SAYS: "I have waited almost three years for these and it was all worth it, these things are fantastic and so nicely balanced."