Hand forged by Master Blacksmith Sirou Kamo this 11 layer Shirogami (White Steel) collection is amongst the finest examples of Takefu Hot Forging.
A very thin layer of Shirogami Steel is sandwiched between 5 layers of soft iron steel and then forged with a belt hammer first and then with a engineering hammer on an anvil to straighten and realign any distortions and knock out impurities.
After final quenching the blade achieves an outstanding 62:64 HRC hardness and the ultra thin, light blade cuts like a surgeon’s scalpel whilst being extremely easy to re-sharpen.
As the blade is constructed from traditional carbon steel it needs to be washed dried and oiled immediately to prevent excessive oxidisation. Without this care these blades will oxidise.
Note: These blades will oxidise if left damp or wet and should be dried immediately after washing and oiled with a little vegetable oil or Tsubaki (Camelia oil available in the accessories section). These knives are very easy to sharpen on a KC100 Water Wheel, a diamond steel or a 1000 grit whetstone.