Hand forged iron clad shirogami 2 carbon steel with a right biased convex ‘hamaguri’ grind (more convexity on the right hand outside of blade) making for fine precise work with excellent food release. The iron cladding has a fine hazy finish surface which also aides in food release.
We have been very impressed with this series from Hitohira, the Gorobei knives are thin ground, light, nimble but still feel in charge during work. Their slightly taller than average blades allow for more clearance without feeling wobbly.
This excellent treatment of shirogami gets phenomenally sharp very easily, while it is not pre-engineered for edge life it is a sharpeners dream steel. It is a blank canvas for the characteristics of different finishing stones.
Shirogami is a reactive carbon steel. It should be dried immediately after use to avoid rusting. It will patina with normal use. Rust can be removed with a light abrasive.
|Steel Type||Shirogami 2|
|Handle Material||Ho Wood & Buffalo Horn Ferrule|
|Height at Heel||51 mm|
|Overall Length||388 mm|
|Cutting Edge||228 mm|