Shi Han 210mm gyuto knife with kiritsuke tip. 52100 carbon steel core with stainless cladding. Ash wood octagon handle with nickel spacer. Comes with ash wood and coerk edge guard and a silk sleeve bag made from vintage Japanese kimono. HRC 61. 167 grams, 205mm cutting edge, 358mm approx. overall, 48mm height at heel
This line is forged from 52100 carbon steel laminated between two layers of 410 stainless steel. Mr. Prull coaxes sharpenability and toothyness from the 52100, which is on the wear-resistant side of things, being a ball bearing steel originally. It will be similar to white steel in reactivity, but will have a longer and toothier edge life. The polished stainless cladding has slight convexity for good food release and low reactivity. Keep these knives dry when not in use, as the edge is not stainless and can rust. They will develop a dark patina over time and use, but any orange rust should be removed with a light abrasive.
Shehan Prull is a knife maker in New Mexico producing Japanese-style knives from 52100 steel. Developing a love for blacksmithing as a youth, he has spent extensive time in Japan studying Japanese forging techniques, including two years with Mr. Hiroshi Ashi of Ashi Cutlery in Sakai. Mr. Prull returned to the States in 2009 and built his shop, producing products using the techniques and philosophy he studies in Japan.