Yoshikane 240mm wa-gyuto. SLD steel core with nickel and stainless suminagashi cladding. Half octagonal enju wood handle with water buffalo horn ferrule and endcap. HRC 64. 245mm cutting edge,height at heel 49mm, 172 grams.
Yoshikane's hand-forged and excellently heat-treated SLD series bring out some of the best performance from this steel: great cutting feel, good sharpen-ability, and excellent edge life. SLD ranges from 12-13% chromium content, right on the stainless / non-stainless boundary. It has excellent toughness, hardened to 64 HRC, and can be ground very thin without becoming chippy. In our opinion, these are some of the best nearly-stainless hand-forged knives. They are ideal for the professional or home cook who is looking for a great workhorse, long edge life, and easy sharpen-ability. Although these knives are nearly stainless, they should still dried after use to avoid rust