Sukenari VG10 Yanagiba Knife 270mm Water Buffalo Rosewood
Type: Yanagiba Knife
Blade Material : VG10 Clad Stainless Steel
Core: VG10 (Cobalt Alloy Stainless Steel)
Outside: Stainless Steel
Handle: Octagonal Rosewood
Ferrule: Water Buffalo
Edge: Single Bevel for Right Handed
Edge Length: approx 265 mm
Blade Length: approx 275 mm
Overall Length: approx 420 mm
Weight: approx 200 g (7 oz)
Blade Width: approx 32 mm
Thicker portion of blade: approx 4 mm
Sukenari is a high end professional knives manufacturer since 1933. Sukenari is renowned worldwide for their exceptional work making Honyaki Shirogami#1 knives and handmade ZDP-189 blades. Only a few blacksmiths in Japan (less than 5 to our knowledge) are capable of forging pure 100% carbon steel Honyaki knives and even fewer make handmade ZDP-189 knives, the skills and expertise required are immense.
Sukenari high end quality knives have attracted quite a following in central Japan, and in recent years, in the rest of the world as well. Some consider their knives to be the best in the world. They always have backorders of 2 or 3 years. If you miss this opportunity to purchase it, you will not be able to get it easily.
VG-10 is high-carbon stainless steel containing cobalt, hard. The material is excellent sharpness and has wear resistance. So it spreads between the professional. It is developed and made by Takefu Special Steel Co.,Ltd which is Japanese company. If the entire blade is very hard, it is difficult to sharpen. If the blade is soft, it is dull, and the sharpness falls immediately. So the hard material is used in the center only, the soft material is used in the side. VG-10 is hard, so Ceramic sharpening stone is recommended for speedy sharpening.
Note: Don't twist edge and hit. Don't cut and hit frozen foods or bones, the edge will be chipped or broken since the blade of Japanese is thinner for sharpness. Japanese knives are made by craftsmen, there might be scratch.