270mm sujihiki in shirogami #2 and iron cladding, with 'D' shaped red ebony handle. 420mm overall, height at heel 37mm, 189 grams.
Hand-forged in Sanjo City, Niigata by Mutsumi Hinoura; son of master smith Tsukasa Hinoura. The blade is an iron clad shirogami #2 (white steel #2) with a black kurouchi finish, hardned to 63-64 HRC. Since they're forged with a wide, kiriba primary bevel, they also allow for easy thinning down the road. The softer, iron cladding makes thinning an enjoyable task for the enthusiastic sharpener. They are ideal for the professional or home cook who can care for a reactive knife, is looking for a great workhorse, and enjoys sharpening on whetstones.
Iron clad shirogami is highly reactive carbon steel. It should be mentioned that extra care is required, as the knife is not stainless and should be dried immediately after use. It will develop a dark patina with usage, but any orange rust should be removed with a light abrasive.