Yu Kurosaki Cobalt Special Bunka Knife 165mm Honduras Rosewood Raijin
Blacksmith: Yu Kurosaki
Type: Wa-Bunak Knife (Double bevel edged)
Blade Material: Hammered(TSUCHIME) Cobalt Special Clad Stainless Steel
Core: Cobalt Special (Stainless steel)
Blade Length: 165 mm (6.5")
Total Length: 306 mm ( 12")
Weight: approx 117 g (4.1 oz)
Blade Width: 45 mm (1.7")
Thickness of Spine: approx max 2.6 mm
Handle: Octagonal Rosewood
Ferrule: Honduras Rosewood
Blacksmith Yu Kurosaki makes his knives in Echizen City. Knives in Echizen city are the Traditional Crafts designated by the Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry. His forged kitchen knives and forged Field knives are masterpieces. He has participated in a number of knife show so far, is the hot young craftsman of attention as the feature is organized magazines and TV. He can do NIMAI-HIROGE and forge very easily, is skillful blacksmith. The edge is called "HAMAGURI-BA" in Japanese. HAMAGURI means clam, BA means edge. This edge form helps release foods and cut smoothly. Furthermore his knives are so cool and very beautiful!!!
NIMAI-HIROGE(Spreading Two Sheets)
NIMAI-HIROGE is the special skill in Echizen city only. It is outstanding method. The spine of blade requires thickness for sturdy and around the edge needs to spread to thin edge in order to improve sharpness. These requirements are met by hitting two blades together at a time. If two blades are hit together at a time, the temperature is hard to fall. Two blades prevent to be cool down fast. So blacksmiths can hit two blades many times in a short time. If only one blade are hit, the blade is cool down fast, they must put it into kiln for heat again. Then carbon runs away from the blade, the blade will become weaker. This skill looks easy, but it is very hard. Even a skillful blacksmith could not do this well for 5 years.
About "Cobalt Special"
Cobalt Special is registered trademark of Takefu Special Steel Co Ltd. It is super high grade steel, it containing lots of cobalt. The edge retention and the sharpness are better than VG10 which has good reputation in the world.