Our handmade Yoshihiro Honyaki knives are handcrafted with extraordinary skill, forged of the highest quality steel according to the traditional methods used in ancient Japanese sword making by our master artisans of incomparable skill, some of which have over 50 years of experience. Honyaki means true forged and represents the highest level in Japanese knives, requiring experienced master knifesmiths, versed in the traditional art of sword making. A single piece of White Steel #2 with a hardness on the Rockwell scale of 64 to 65, is heated in hearths that reach temperatures in the thousands, quenched in cool water for hardness, and polished with a brilliant mirror finish creating knives of the highest caliber, blending aesthetics and performance. Our Yoshihiro Honyaki knives are complimented with a traditional Japanese style handcrafted premium Ebony wood handle of the highest quality and affixed with a Water Buffalo horn bolster. This knife comes with a rare artisan crafted Saya, a protective wooden sheath made of premium Ebony wood which protects the knife and adds to its appearance when not in use. The Kiritsuke knife is a traditional Japanese all purpose chefs knife that resembles a sword. Its length allows it to cut sushi and sashimi like a Yanagi, and the wideness of the blade gives it the dexterity to do multiple jobs. The sword tip also helps balance the weight of the knife and can be used for intricate and precise knife work for excuisite service. Even the simplest of tasks are elevated with a handcrafted knife that is as beautiful as it is functional.