Sakai Kikumori Tomoshibi Yanagiba 270mm
Sakai Kikumori was founded in 1926 by Kawamura Hamono as a wholesaler, and they work with some of the best blacksmiths in Japan. Being a smaller wholesaler, they have the flexibility to create their own brands and pursue creative projects that larger brands choose not to do. They have excelled in this area, creating a line of products that are of some of the highest quality we've ever seen.
The Tomoshibi is a collaboration between Sakai Kikumori and Myojin Riki Seisakusho in Kochi prefecture, which is run by Myojin Tateo and Myojin Naohito. Naohito-San is widely recognised in Japan as one of its top sharpeners with 10 years of experience. Tateo-San is the blacksmith, and he has trained under some of Sakai's most talented smiths before establishing Myojin Riki Seisakusho.
White Steel is the purest of the Japanese High Carbon Steels made by Hitachi Metals. It can be forged to extremely high hardness, sharpened extremely easily (even for novices), and takes a scalpel like edge. It is known to be one of the easiest steel to get blazing sharp.
Being this pure and lacking any stainless properties, this steel is very reactive and will rust quickly if not dried after use, and oiled between uses. However, once a patina builds up, it is less reactive and prone to rusting. Knives of this steel are regarded by many as the purists choice of knife, and are incredibly rewarding to use if maintained properly.
|Style:||Yanagiba - Single Bevel|
|Height @ Heel:||33mm|
|Spine Thickness @ Heel:||4mm|
|Blade Material:||White 2 Carbon Steel core + Soft Iron Clad|
|Handle Material:||Octagon Walnut w/Pakka Wood Bolster|