Floor model knives may have small scuffs, small scratches or small bits of oxidization, these are purely cosmetic and offer a good deal to those who plan on using their knives as these 'defects' will be undistinguishable after use.
Sakai Kikumori ‘Choyo’ 270mm Kataba Kiritsuke. Shirogami #2 steel with mirror polish. Octagon ebony wood and water buffalo ferrule handle. Comes with Saya. Single Bevel, for right handed only.
Choyo series knives are specially made, fine-finished, professional quality knives from Sakai Kikumori. They are hand-forged by top level smiths and hand-finished on wet grinders in Sakai. These have a somewhat lighter blade with a mirror polish on the face and a rounded, polished spine and heel. These knives have very nice, smooth sharpen-ability and good edge life, not to mention excellent cutting feel. The Choyo series is highly recommended for a professional or sushi chef looking for high-performance, and easy sharpening.
Shirogami #2 is very responsive to sharpening stones, taking an extremely fine but biting edge easily. It is a highly reactive carbon steel. It should be mentioned that extra care is required, as the knife is not stainless and should be dried immediately after use. It will develop a dark patina with usage, but any orange rust should be removed with a light abrasive.
Sakai Kikumori was started in 1926 and draws on Sakai's 600 year history as the major center of traditional Japanese cutlery manufacturing. They work with a large variety of Sakai's best smiths, sharpeners and small factories to offer a wide variety of knives ranging from traditional materials and styles to more modern, western influenced styles and materials.