Tosa Tadayoshi 240mm gyuto. Aogami 1 steel with iron cladding. 1/2 octagonal shaped ichii handle with blond horn ferrule. Great thin rustic style blade with a lot of curve on the edge, great for boneless proteins or for those who like a lot of curve in a blade.
Free forged knives vary slightly in weights and measurements, expect small imperfections in finish or small amounts of wavyness in blade or roughness in finish. These ichii and blonde horn handles represent the last of a big batch we got many years ago and these are ones that have small dings, or small imperfections, they have been reduced in price for this although they fit these rustic blades perfectly.
Hand forged knives from the Tosa area of Shikoku Island, Japan's least populated island with a long history of smithing. Shikoku's thick forests, agriculture and fisheries have led to a local style of smithing that is characterized by rustic free forged knives and tools. Many Tosa knives are ryoba style; forged and ground symmetrically and are suitable for both right and left hand users.
We have been very happy with the quality for the price and their old style country feel.
This is a 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.