Stainless Clad #2 Aogami Hand forged in Sanjo City Niigata for Ohishi brand.
These knives have a core of #2 aogami aka blue steel clad with stainless steel and fitted with a traditional Japanese style D shaped handle made of red ebony and a composite wood ferrule for strength.
Hand forged with a stainless cladding and an aogami #2 core. Aogami #2 is the lowest carbon content of the aogami steels, it is often the toughest but with the shortest edge life. However keep in mind that aogami steels are designed for edge life so even #2 has a good long cutting duration.
These knives hold a toothy edge for a long period of time, a great inexpensive work-horse. The aogami core is not stainless (for a non-stainless steel it does rust slowly) and as care should taken to avoid rust; no soaking or leaving food on.
Ohishi aogami series are factory forged and hand ground. The face of the blade has a slight convexity which reduces sticking and friction during cutting. It facilitates easy thinning of the sides later in the life of the knife as it gets sharpened into the thicker center of the knife.