Our handmade Yoshihiro Hongasumi knives are crafted with extraordinary skill by our master artisans to create high quality knives that are indispensable in their craftsmanship and performance. White Steel #2 with a hardness on the Rockwell scale of 62 to 63, is forged with iron to create beautiful mist patterns, and an emphasis is placed on refined forging and polishing with the highest attention to detail.
Our Yoshihiro Hongasumi knives are complimented with a traditional Japanese style handcrafted Rosewood handle affixed with a shitan rosewood bolster, and a protective wooden sheath called a Saya is included. This specific Saya included with the knife is brush coated with non-toxic lacquer coating that provides resistance to unwanted odor, stain, and chips.
The Yanagi is a long slicing knife that was designed to slice thin slices of fish for sushi and sashimi. The beauty of its elegant thin blade is its ability to slice through an ingredient in long uninterrupted strokes, preserving its integrity and freshness. The Yanagi Kiritsuke is slightly heavier with a with a blade that is wider and a spine that is thicker. The sword tip helps balance the weight of the knife and is recommended for chefs who are interested in a Yanagi but have a smaller working space. Even the simplest of tasks are elevated with a handcrafted knife that is as beautiful as it is functional.