Our handmade Yoshihiro R-2 Powdered Japanese Stainless Steel Yanagi is at the forefront in cutting edge Japanese cutlery. R-2 Powdered Japanese Stainless Steel is a new class of Japanese metallurgy that is capable of extreme sharpness (HRC 64-65). It is well known to have excellent edge retention, and its low wear resistance allows for much easier sharpening. Only the most skilled of artisans can forge these metals together in such a complex puzzle piece formation, blending aesthetics and performance.
The knife is complimented with a traditional Japanese Ironwood handle and comes included with a protective wooden sheath called a Saya. 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 designed to cut thin slices of fish for sushi and sashimi. The beauty of its elegant thin blade is in its ability to slice through ingredients in long uninterrupted strokes, preserving their integrity and freshness. The Yanagi is one of the most essential of traditional Japanese knives and is a powerful component in the repertoire of many chefs. Although traditional Japanese powder steel knives are not 100% stain resistance, with proper care they can provide years of enjoyment. Keeping dry before storage. This will keep your knife in tip top shape. Japanese knives should always be sharpened and honed on premium quality Japanese water stones.