Our handmade Yoshihiro Mizu Yaki 16 Layers Blue Steel Suminagashi knives are crafted with extraordinary skill by our master artisans. Exemplifying the most intricate techniques of forging, layering, and hammering, Aoko Blue Steel #1 with a hardness on the Rockwell scale of 63-64, is forged with iron to create the most elaborate of finishes. Suminagashi translates as floating ink and refers to the beautiful marbled wave like patterns that extend through the blade from the tip to the heel, unveiling a new mosaic with every sharpening. Only the most skilled of artisans can forge together these metals in such complex puzzle piece formations to fashion knives of this caliber with the highest quality, blending aesthetics and performance.
Our Yoshihiro Blue Steel #1 Suminagashi knives are complimented with a traditional Japanese style handcrafted octagonal shitan rosewood handle with double rosewood bolster equipped with a protective wooden sheath called a “Saya,” which protects the knife and adds to its appearance when not in use. This specific Saya included with the knife is brush coated with non-toxic lacquer coating made from organic tree saps in Japan. A favorite among chefs in need of a high performance knife that delivers over long hours without the hassle of dulling or staining.
The Kiritsuke is one of the most versatile and essential of all knives a cook can have. It is a cross between a chef’s knife and a vegetable knife and is perfect for dicing, slicing, and chopping fresh produce from a farmers market to carving a roast chicken straight from the oven. Preparing delicious meals starts with taking wholesome ingredients and using the best tools such as a high quality chef’s knife to make every meal into something special. From dicing, slicing, and chopping fresh produce from a farmer’s market to carving a roast chicken straight from the oven, even the simplest tasks are elevated with a handcrafted knife that is as beautiful as it is functional.