Yoshikane Suminagashi V2 165mm Nakiri
Made in Niigata Japan, Yoshikane was started in 1919 and remains a family business. All knives are forged and finished by hand.
Blade has a V2 hagane cutting edge layer and a carbon steel and iron suminagashi jigane cladding. V2 is a carbon steel made by Takefu Specialty Steel and is very similar to #2 white steel, it’s fine grain is capable of taking an incredibly fine edge.
The handle on this knife is a half octagon half oval Japanese magnolia with double water buffalo horn ferrules. Japanese magnolia (or ho wood) is naturally rot and warp resistant.
Literally ‘floating ink’ a Japanese damascus steel made with several types of metal forge welded together creating varying patterns depending on how it is treated. Varying from a simple stacked layer structure to a wild or geometric patterned structure, suminagashi differs from the layered steel created in sword making in that it is not a homogenous metal folded to create the pattern. The artistry involved the forging of suminagashi can be quite impressive.
Nakiri is a traditional vegetable knife with a thin double beveled rectangular blade; one of the older Japanese knife designs. The thin blade wedges very little during chopping and is ideal for vegetables which will be cut with a slicing chop, the flatter edge design of the nakiri allows for the entire blade to contact the cutting board quickly making fast work possible.