Blacksmith: Togashi 富樫打刃物製作所
Production area: Sakai-Osaka/ Japan
Steel Type: Carbon Steel (Oxidisable)
Steel: Yasuki Honyaki White (Shirogami) #2
Channel: Maple Loupe
Total length: 392 mm
Edge length: 214 mm
Handle length at tip: 335 mm
Blade height: 48 mm
Thickness: 3 mm
Handle length: 113 mm
Hand orientation: ambidextrous
Sharpener: Kenya Togashi
Kenji Togashi is a legendary Sakai blacksmith and one of the few blacksmiths in Japan to have the skills to forge quality honyaki blades. Since the beginning of his career in 1966, Master Togashi has received numerous distinctions, he is renowned for mastering these skills of forge. Master Togashi makes blades in his own workshop in Sakai, with his three sons.
The Honyaki is an emblematic knife, it represents the excellence of Japanese craftsmanship. This type of knife is simply the quintessence of Japanese blades.
A kitchen knife in Japan is normally shaped with a systematic combination of soft steel on the outside, and a thin layer of hard steel in the center. This technique is commonly called, San Mai. More than 90% of knives are made this way. Honyaki represents less than 1% of the knives on the market today!
Unlike the San Mai the Honyaki resembles the process of making a samurai blade, that is, the assembly is made from a single steel.
Obviously, we are talking here about excessively rare and expensive knives. Unfortunately, with the cost of steel constantly increasing and the little room for manoeuvre that craftsmen have to make these works, prices are set accordingly.
To roughly explain the manufacturing process, the blacksmith must shape the blade from extremely hard carbon steel. This piece in itself is already very expensive. He must then proceed to soaking, and during this period he can not make any mistakes. Otherwise the blade breaks immediately and its work is to be completely redone. This combination of specific techniques is mastered only by the oldest and most talented blacksmiths in Japan. These blades once finished have incomparable cutting retention and internal stability! The most amazing thing is that the cutting edge is flexible enough to be able to sharpen it.
Beyond the physique and performance, these are the most elegant and aesthetic knives. Real functional collectibles! Performance level, nothing can be compared to Honyaki. The cutting edge of these knives remain sharpened for an incomparable period of time. Comfort and precision are also great strengths for these knives.
Stay Sharp is the only one in Quebec to distribute these art objects.