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 Kiritsuke gyuto. Double bevel ginsanko stainless steel blade with mirror polish. Octagon magnolia wood and water buffalo ferrule handle. Comes with saya.
Tapering from 3mm thick at spine.
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.
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. These knives are ideal for the professional who is looking for a traditional Japanese single bevel knife that’s easy to sharpen and also rust-resistant.
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.