Konosuke ‘Keiai T1’ 210mm Gyuto. Shirogami #1 carbon steel core with a soft iron cladding with kurouchi finish. Octagon walnut wood handle. Comes with Saya cover. HRC 61-62. 141 grams, 360mm approx. overall, 210mm cutting edge, 48mm height at heel
Hand forged in Sanjo, Niigata for Konosuke, the ‘Keiai T1’ series features a shirogami #1 steel core. Boasting the highest carbon content of the shirogami family of steels, it will have excellent edge formation and good edge life. The iron cladding has a kurouchi finish, reducing rust-time a bit, and the blades are lightly acid etched, darkening the shirogami core (this will polish off with sharpening) Keep them nice and dry when not in use to avoid rust, which can be cleaned off with a light abrasive. These are thin and precise blades, NOT recommended for crushing garlic, cutting around any bones, or for hard winter squash.
Konosuke, a Sakai-based company, works with top skilled blacksmiths from all over Japan. Konosuke’s knives spare no attention to detail, from the heat treatment and grinds to the packaging. Their focus is on their hometown of Sakai City, where the Kawamura family has operated for many generations.