Honyaki knives are most appealing to experienced users and professionals that demand the very best knives available. As we shall explain below, Honyaki knives are also the most challenging knives for forge smiths and craftsmen to produce.
The ‘one-piece’, or 'mono-steel', blade construction of the Honyaki knife is handcrafted using processes which are similar to those used in traditional Japanese sword making, such as the Tsuchi-Oki process that utilizes special clay mixtures to promote differential hardening of the blade. The Honyaki method involves heating the blade to around 800°C, quenching it in water to increase its hardness and then placing it in rice-straw ash to slowly cool down to room temperature; This detail is important since it helps to prevent uneven tension from developing in the blade. Since it is difficult to control the large number of variables involved in the Honyaki heat-treatment method, it is common for some blades to develop small cracks or distort severely, consequently, the production of Honyaki knives is expensive and time-consuming. Indeed, there are currently only a few companies who have craftsmen skilled enough to make true Honyaki knives.
Our specially selected, very experienced Forge-Smith Master Ikeda and master sharpeners in Sakai City, Osaka, produce the high quality Honyaki knives. The Fu-Rin-Ka-Zan Honyaki White Steel No.3 Kiritsuke Yanagiba knife is beautifully mirror-polished and has an impressive wavy Hamon pattern. As you may already know, some chefs prefer Honyaki knives made from White Steel No.3 because they are slightly easier to sharpen and slightly less fragile than those made from White Steel No.2 or White Steel No.1; They are also more cost-effective for the smith to produce, as they are slightly less likely to warp or crack during manufacture.
The Kiritsuke Yanagiba knife is fitted with a traditional octagonal Ebony wood handle that has a water buffalo horn ferrule. A matching Handcrafted Magnolia Wood Saya (Sheath / scabbard) is also supplied for safekeeping.
We are very proud to introduce these Fu-Rin-Ka-Zan Honyaki knives to our serious customers and professional Sushi Chefs. Over time, we plan to add a wider selection of blade types to our Fu-Rin-Ka-Zan Honyaki collection, such as Kiritsuke Yanagiba, Sakimaru Takohiki, Wa Gyuto and more.
The Kirisuke Yanagiba has a very similar blade profile to the ‘regular’ Yanagiba, but it has what is commonly known as a 'reverse tanto' tip, or ‘clipped point’, which is very useful for precision cutting. Apart from this difference, the Kirisuke Yanagiba functions in the same way as the ‘plain' Yanagiba or the Takohiki.
Knife Model: JCK Original Fu-Rin-Ka-Zan Limited, Honyaki White Steel No.3 Kiritsuke Yanagiba 300mm
Blade Material: White Steel No.3
Rockwell Hardness (HRc):
Blade Grind and Edge Shape: Single Bevel Edge
Handle Material: Octagonal Ebony Wood Handle with Water Buffalo Horn Ferrule
Saya Included: Yes.
| Kiritsuke Yanagiba 300mm (11.8")
Cutting edge length: 293mm
Blade Thickness: 4mm
Blade Width: 35mm Total Weight: 228g
Japanese Traditional Style “Wa-Bocho” knives generally come with Single bevel edge for right handed use (the opposite side of blade is ground flat with slightly concaved shape). The reverse grinding left handed version is also available at 50% extra of regular price. (Sorry for much extra! Due to a small demand for the left handed version in Japan, it is costly to run a special small production from the beginning step). We try to keep the left handed versions in stock, but once sold out, it may take 60 to 90 days for delivery. Please contact us first for the availability at email.
We believe the quality and cutting performance of Japanese knives are the best in the world, and hope you enjoy fine craftsmanship and sharp edge with your new knife. With proper cares, every Japanese knife should be your special cooking partner for long times.
This is the Carbon steel blade kitchen knife that can get rust and discolor easily, and requires extra care and attention to prevent rust.