Shirogami #2 carbon steel clad with stainless steel
Rockwell Hardness 62:63
Handle: Dyed Maple with Corian spacer, tapered ferrule
Masakage Yuki knives are the least expensive route to stanless-clad shirogami blades; the gold standard in knifemaking. You get all the performance of carbon steel (a very long lived edge, ease of sharpening and a silkiness when cutting) without most of the maintenance issues as cladding with stainless steel reduces the risk of rusting.
These knives have been named Yuki (snow) as the nashiji finish looks like snow and paired with the white and red handle gives an overall wintery look.
"Making knives is delicate work with many considerations." - Hiroshi Kato, Master Blacksmith
In 1935 Hiroshi Kato san's father became independent from his Sensei. After finishing high school Kato san began his apprenticeship under his father. It's amazing that after over 50 years as a knife maker he's still inspired by thinking of people cooking with his knives. He always considers balance when hammer the steel, keeping in mind where a knife needs to be thin and where it needs to be strong.