Hatsukokoro Komorebi Aogami #1 Damascus Santoku 180mm Ebony
Hatsukokoro's Aogami #1 Damascus Komorebi Japanese knife series stands out for two reasons.
Firstly, the knives are hand finished on natural stone, which will give a superior result in terms of "low spots" on the knife blade and will give an easy maintenance over time to its owner. The "san-mai" with aogami #1 core covered with soft iron will offer the craftsman ease of polishing on stone, expressing a beautiful contrast between the layers of soft iron and its carbon steel core. Hence the Japanese name Komorebi, which has no exact translation and refers to the sunlight it filters through the leaves of a forest.
Secondly, the Komorebi series, which is manufactured in Sakai, is distinguished by the non-traditional choice of blade profile. Indeed, the blades of the series are not made according to the usual profile of Sakai's blades, but much more like the way blades are made in Sanjo. Giving us a higher heel height, a slightly longer blade length and a thinner edge than what is normally done in this region.
Have it sharpened on a water stone by a professional every year. Store in a dry place. Wash immediately after use and dry completely before storing. Do not soak. Not dishwasher safe.