300mm LEFT handed yanagi in aogami #1 core and iron cladding with 'D' shaped enju wood handle and water buffalo horn ferrule. 460mm overall, height at heel 36mm, 211 grams.
This is an old stock knife; the blade is straight and ready to use, but the handle has a little chip on the end. It was discounted for this reason.
It's pretty safe to say that unless we get any other old stock Yoshikane Aogami 1, this will be it for this particular material for a very long time. This is one of a number of one-off Yoshikane knives that were older stock from their workshop that we spied while visiting them in Japan. The forging and grinding of Yoshikane knives is excellent to say the least. These have gotten difficult to get in the last several years, and we are very happy to have scored some hard to find patterns and materials on this last haul. It is ideal for the professional or home cook who is looking for a traditional, single bevel slicer, long edge life, and easy sharpen-ability.
It should be mentioned that extra care is required, as the knife is not stainless and should be dried immediately after use.
Yoshikane operates a small, family run forge in Sanjo, Niigata and has been making kitchen knives since 1919. They deserve their good reputation for excellent forging and heat treatments, which make for easy sharpening and great edge life for both single and double bevel knives.