Our Yoshihiro Mizu Yaki Aoko Honyaki Mirror-Finished knives are the highest level of quality in Japanese knives. Ao Honyaki is a meticulous process of pure water quenching that draws out the hardness of refined steel while infusing it with enough resiliency to perform consistently in the most exacting of conditions. Honyaki means `true forged` and is the purest reflection the traditional art of Japanese sword making. A single piece of Blue Steel #2(HRC 65), is heated in hearths that reach temperatures in the thousands and quenched by Ao Honyaki method for hardness and durability. Polished with a brilliant mirror finish, incandescent wisps of light glimmer across the surface of the blade’s edge(Hamon).
Our Mizu Yaki Aoko Honyaki knives are complimented with a traditional Japanese handle made of the very best Ebony and affixed with a Ironwood bolster. This knife comes with a protective lacquered magnolia wood saya cover, which is easy to clean and resistant to stain and odor. This specific saya cover encases each knife and adds to its appearance when not in use. Hand wash with mild cleanser; NSF Approved; Handmade by skilled tradesmen in Japan.