Sakai Takayuki Blue Steel No.2 Kurouchi 160mm Santoku Knife
Sakai Takayuki is without doubt one of the most prominent Japanese blacksmiths with over 600 years of history. Based in Sakai, Osaka Prefucture the technology and method used to create these beautiful pieces remains unchanged, and true to the traditions of the blacksmith.
This range is made from Blue Steel No.2, which is a carbon steel with HRC rating of between 63 and 65. This very hard steel has incredible sharpness and exceptional retention while also being easy to sharpen.
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.