Over their 100 year history, the Hinoura family of forgesmiths have developed an extensive experience and expertise in the knife forging arts. The genius and skills of Master Hinoura has allowed him to produce superbly sharp, highly practical and aesthetically attractive high-carbon steel knives that would satisfy the needs and desires of knife enthusiasts who love high-carbon steel knives.
Hinoura San used White Steel No.1 (Shirogami) for the core blade steel. It is sandwiched with outer layers of soft stainless steel with unique Kurouchi-Nashiji finished.The laminated construction means that only the high-carbon steel blade core is likely to discolour or rust, since the outer layers of soft stainless steel are corrosion-resistant and easy to maintain. The layers of soft stainless steel also improve the blade’s resistance to impact and bending forces. White Steel No.1 is made by further refining White Steel No.2 and adding more Carbon. The extra Carbon allows it to achieve a slightly higher HRc. than White Steel No.2. It can be sharpened to an exceedingly fine edge, has very good edge retention and is easy to re-sharpen.
This is the limited Edition, the unique Kurouchi Nashiji Finished White Steel No.1 Nakiri 180mm which comes with D-Shaped Rosewood Handle with Black Spacer.
More Information: Unlike many traditionally forged knives, Master Hinoura’s knives have a relatively thick spine at the point where the tang enters the handle (The ‘neck’). In part, this because he forges these laminated knives using a piece of high carbon steel that is much thicker than that commonly used by other forge-smiths. The thick spine and neck makes the knife very strong, very comfortable to hold in a ‘pinch-grip’ and also results in excellent blade balance.
Although some people consider Master Honoura’s knives to be thick and heavy, their geometry is the result of carefully considering every aspect of their function. Contrary to what you might expect, the process of forging a thick blade ‘to shape’ actually requires a lot of time and skill. Master Honoura’s knives are nicely tapered from their heel to the tip and from their spine down to the cutting edge, which is ground very thin behind the edge. We are confident that these knives will provide the high cutting performance that is demanded by Carbon steel lovers!
This line is forged from Shirogami (white) #2 steel with a iron kurouchi cladding. We can personally vouch for their great slight forward balance, toughness and edge retention which are both superb for Shirogami. These blades are very well built with a medium weight. Choil and spine are rounded and polished very nicely. Fitted with a red ebony d-shape handle.
- Brand: Mutsumi 睦
- Blacksmith: Mutsumi Hinoura 日野浦 睦
- Producing Area: Sanjo, Niigata/ Japan
- Profile: Santoku
- Size: 180mm
- Steel Type: Carbon Steel
- Steel: Shirogami White #2 Soft Iron Clad Kurouchi
- Handle: Custom, Premium Stabilised Wood
- Hand Orientation: Right Handed