240mm wa-gyuto in SRS15 powder metal and stainless cladding, with 'D' shaped red ebony handle and wood composite ferrule. 395mm overall, height at heel 48mm, 168 grams.
The Akifusa SRS15 powder metal knives have excellent edge life. SRS15 is a powered high alloy content stainless steel that remains tough, even when brought to high hardness such as this line's 64 HRC. It has good wear resistance due to the addition of tungsten and vanadium. SRS15 steel is powderized and sintered into form (rather than forging). This makes for a fine grain, allowing for a potentially difficult steel to be sharpened relatively easy. This is an excellent knife for busy professionals who cannot sharpen every day, or for serious home cooks who want a high performance
These knives have an excellent grind which makes for smooth cutting. There are other cheaper SRS15 knives that perform well out there, but the Akifusa is one of the best. These Japanese handled Akifusa knives are a new addition to the series, light and nimble but capable of the heavy lifting in a professional environment.