This Yanagiba is hand-forged with Aogami #2 steel, cladded with carbon steel, heat-treated to 61-62 HRC, hand-grinded and hand-sharpened by the young and aspiring artisan Mr. Yoshihiro Yauji. Yoshihiro’s exceptional attention to detail is showcased in the elegant Damascus Kyomen (mirror) finish and Kasumi polish. The Damascus jigane wrapped around the core to the back of the knife (Jiai area) in this awase-construction knife, which is exquisite. The choil is so well polished that it's mirror reflective. Installed on a premium custom ebony handle with black buffalo horn kuchiwa, this knife offers incredible cutting smoothness, well-balanced handling and a stunning look. It’s worth noting that Mr. Yoshihiro Yauji does forging, grinding, finishing, and sharpening, all by himself.
- Origin (Made in): Echizen, Fukui Prefecture, Japan
- Brand: Yoshihiro Yauji
- Craftsman: Yoshihiro Yauji
- Knife Type: Yanagiba
- Construction: Awase (Kasumi)
- Grind: Single Bevel (Right-handed)
- Hagane (Core Steel): Aogami #2 (Blue #2)
- Jigane (Cladding): Carbon Steel
- Hardness: 61-62 HRC
- Hand-forged, hand-grinded, hand-sharpened
- Blade Finishes:
- Kyomen (Mirror)
- Kasumi Polish
- Blade Length: 300mm (11.8")
- Blade Height (at heel): 53mm
- Spine Thickness
- Above heel: 6.5mm
- Middle: 5.6mm
- Premium Custom Handle
- Shape: Hachikaku (Octagonal)
- Material: Ebony
- Kuchiwa: Black Buffalo Horn
- Length: 135mm
- Overall Length: 325mm
- Weight: 256g (9.03z)
- Hand Chiseled Mark: In Japanese Kanji "Hiro" (寛)
About Yoshihiro Yauji 弥氏 吉寛
It is not rare that a person’s childhood experiences had an influence on one’s career choice. It certainly is the case with Mr. Yoshihiro Yauji. Born in 1983, Yoshihiro developed an interest in DIY as a child, and he gradually fell in love with tools made of steel. He found a very special connection with knives because knives in his own words "represent the starting point of mankind" (人間の原点). From the Stone Age, human-beings started using knives to cut trees and eventually led to the development of civilization. In 2003, Yoshihiro became an apprentice of Master Hideo Kitaoka, who is considered one of the best artisans in Japan. After more than 15 years of training, Yoshihiro finally started making knives independently in 2019. It’s worth noting that he does forging, grinding, finishing, and sharpening, all by himself.
Aogami #2 (Blue #2) steel is a premium Japanese high carbon steel for knife making. Despite some corrosion-resistant quality (for a carbon steel), it is not stainless, therefore you should wipe your knife dry after each use. Patina will develop over time. Rust may develop if left in prolonged contact with water or acidic food. Use a rust eraser to clean if rusts develop. Avoid cutting into bones, frozen foods, hard fruit pits.
Recommended cutting surface: wood, rubberized boards and high-end composites, and quality plastics such as polyethene make acceptable cutting surfaces, and will help protect and prolong knife’s edge. AVOID glass, metal, countertops, and other rigid, non-forgiving surfaces.
We recommend sharpening all quality Japanese knives on whetstones, as we believe they yield the best results for your knives.