Yoshikazu Ikeda 240mm Gyuto - Shirogami 2 Iron Clad - Ho Oct

$360.00
Yoshikazu Ikeda 240mm gyuto knife with shirogami #2 carbon steel core iron cladding. Japanese magnolia (ho) wood octagon handle with buffalo horn ferrule. HRC 64-65. 190 grams, 395mm approx. overall, 232mm cutting edge, 49mm height at heel

Yoshikazu Ikeda 240mm gyuto knife with shirogami #2 carbon steel core iron cladding. Japanese magnolia (ho) wood octagon handle with buffalo horn ferrule. HRC 64-65. 190 grams, 395mm approx. overall, 232mm cutting edge, 49mm height at heel

Yoshikazu Ikeda's shirogami (white steel) knives sharpen with ease to an extremely fine edge and hold it well. The cladding is an iron and mild steel with a convex migaki grind, which makes for a smooth cutting feel. At the core is shirogami, or white steel, which is a very fine grained carbon steel made from low contaminate iron. It's loved for its ease of sharpening and ability to take a very fine, razor sharp edge. Not the easiest steel to forge and temper properly, shirogami done well is a testimony to a smith's skill. Shirogami is a reactive carbon steel, as is the iron cladding. 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 use, but any orange rust should be removed with a light abrasive.

Yoshikazu Ikeda is one of the finest smiths in Sakai. We hesitate to use superlatives like 'best' or 'finest', as they can easily become meaningless if overused. Ikeda-san has been making knives and swords for over 40 years since his early 20's.  He is formally recognized as a dentoukougeishi; a traditional craftsman that is officially recognized by the Japanese government.  He has since 2001 been the chairman of the association of dentoukougeishi.  Ikeda-san's blades have an amazing, fine edge formation, edge retention and toughness.  It's very difficult to achieve this combination of blade attributes, as even talented smiths have a hard time getting all three.  He forges knives for a select few brands, represented as their top shelf knives, and so we are honored to be able to get them made to order for our shop.

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