Nao Yamamoto is an award winning blacksmith who uses traditional methods to create striking and innovative designs true to his traditional craftsmanship.
Yamamoto-san works with a variety of steels to produce various ranges, including his incredibly unique black damascus blades, offering a dark and matt finish to the deep damascus finish that really stands out and makes the knife special.
Kurouchi roughly translates at 'blacksmith's finish', and retains some of the residue of the forging process. This allows the knives to be cheaper, as some of the production process is removed, and also provides protection to the blade reducing the risk of corrosion. Not only that, but it is a stunning finish, and is very desirable right now.
Do not use the knife to chop hard materials such as bones or frozen items unless the knife is made for that specific purpose. Always ensure you keep your knife clean and dry, and sharpen it as required to prevent a dull edge.
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