Jikko 'Shoren' series 180mm Kamagata Usuba. Ginsanko stainless steel with soft stainless steel cladding. 'D' shaped Japanese magnolia (ho) wood handle with water horn buffalo ferrule.
Jikko's Shoren series is made with Ginsanko (silver 3) stainless steel with a mild stainless cladding. Excellent forging and heat treatment make for a very fine edge and smooth sharpen-ability. Ginsanko is a fine grained, high carbon content (1% + carbon), low chromium (13%) stainless steel with the cutting and sharpening feel of a carbon steel, but less maintenance with regard to reactivity. Although it won’t rust, keep dry when not in use to preserve edge life.
Jikko is a family business established in 1901 in Sakai City, Osaka and has extensive relationships with traditional craftsman in Sakai. From basic to top shelf, Jikko knives are always sharpened by hand in the Jikko workshop, either by the head of the head of Jikko or under his supervision, maintaining very high quality control. On single bevel knives, special care is taken to provide a flat, fine-polished ura (side opposite omote bevel).