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Shi Han 135mm petty knife. 52100 carbon steel with kurouchi finish. Octagon magnolia wood handle. Comes with cork and kydex edge guard and a silk sleeve bag made from vintage Japanese kimono. 270mm overall, height at heel 30mm, 73 grams.
This line is forged from a single piece of 52010 carbon 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 way he grinds these leaves hammer marks and a black kurouchi finish on on the spine side giving them awesome visual contrast! Keep these knives dry when not in use, as they are not stainless and can rust. They will develop a dark patina over time with 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.
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