Sujihiki knife, SG2 powder steel, migaki finish - Ryusen
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Ryusen was first established in Echizen during the 50s, they quickly become known for their high quality professional knives. Unlike a lot of their rivals they tend to specialise in western handled knives. The Blazen range was one of the first sets of knives to use the SG2 powder steel to great acclaim.
SHAPE: Sujihiki. A slicing knife similar to the yanagiba sushi knife but with a western double bevel. Very adept at cutting in one continuous movement causing minimal damage to the protein.
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 them can be slightly difficult to sharpen.
FINISH: Polished or Migaki
HANDLE: Western Pakkawood
LENGTH: 270mm in length.
MAKER: Ryusen - Echizen, Japan
BEST FOR: These are both thin behind the edge and sturdy in the hand, something most makers get wrong.
SAUNDERS SAYS: "Not high in the sexy department but blimey they cut well."
These knives are hand-forged so there may be slight variations in measurements and finishes.