KISUKE santoku knive with 165mm "warikomi" blade made of forged ATS-34 and SUS stainless steels. The forging process is unique to 5th generation Shunsuke Manaka, who lives in Saitama Prefecture. His process combines two stainless steels, and in the process he hardens the ATS-34 blade edge to HRC 64. The blade is very sharp, with very good edge retention properties. It is easy to sharpen with a whetstone for such a hard blade.
The octagonal handle is of rosewood with a red wood collar.
The current head of the Manaka forge is master blacksmith, fifth-generation Shunsuke Manaka, who took over from Mr. Yasuo Manaka. As one of the remaining traditional blacksmiths in the region, the company produces a variety of products to meet the remaining demand, including kitchen knives, garden tools, scissors and forestry and fishing gear.
Manaka san conducts wide-ranging research on forging techniques and has begun to introduce a new range of products in the premium KISUKE range, including ATS-34 stainless steel variants. In this way he continues the family tradition of continuously innovating on designs, while maintaining proven traditional forging techniques. The business principles guiding manufacturing are to create long-lasting tools for daily use with a sharp blade for efficient cutting.
Please note: These knives are individually made by hand. The finishing on each blade is unique. The knife you receive might therefore not have the exact pattern as in the picture, but will be the same style.