Honyaki translates as true forged and is the purest reflection of the traditional art of Japanese sword making. Our master craftsmen use the same methods and techniques that the ancient sword smith handed down from generation to generation to produce knives of the highest caliber. Hand forging these knives from a single piece of high carbon steel require extraordinary skill to withstand temperatures that reach into the thousands within a burning furnace.
In the purest reflection of traditional art of Japanese sword making, a single piece of Aoko Blue High Carbon Steel is heated in hearths that reach temperatures in the thousands and quenched in cool water for exceptional hardness and durability (HRC 65-66).
Combining ancient Japanese sword making techniques with modern metallurgy, this Yanagi provides exceptional performance with peace of mind in high paced environments.
The mirror polish finish is eye catching and also relatively easy to clean and to keep polished.
Octagonal Ebony wood handle with Magnolia Nuri Saya knife cover which protects the knife and adds to its appearance when not in use
Hand wash only and sharpen on quality whetstones. Comes ready to use out of the box.100% handcrafted by skilled tradesmen in Japan. Not mass produced.
Yoshihiro Mizu Yaki Honyaki Aoko Blue High Carbon Steel Yanagi Sashimi Japanese Knife is at the vanguard of Japanese cutlery, representing the highest level of craftsmanship. Honyaki means “true forged” and is the purest reflection of the traditional art of Japanese sword making. A single piece of Blue Carbon Steel #2 (HRC 65-66) is heated in hearths that reach temperatures in the thousands and quenched in cool water for hardness and durability. Polished with a brilliant mirror finish, the Aoko Blue High Carbon Steel Honyaki knives offer the best of both worlds combining ancient Japanese sword making techniques with modern metallurgy.
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 Lacquered Saya, a protective wooden sheath made of natural Magnolia wood which protects the knife and adds to its appearance when not in use. The Yanagi is a long slicing knife that was designed to slice thin slices of fish for sushi and sashimi, and is one of the most essential of traditional Japanese knives and is a powerful component in the repertoire of many chefs. The length and shape of the blade allows it to slice through an ingredient in long uninterrupted strokes, preserving the ingredient’s freshness and integrity. The beauty of its elegant thin blade is its ability to slice through an ingredient in long uninterrupted strokes, preserving its integrity and freshness.