Beautiful, light, sharp, wa-handle...sounds like a winner to me! These high performance, inexpensive knives from Haruyuki Hamono are very popular here at the shop. They never last too long in the case because of their excellent price and rustic looks.
A Hitachi steel also known as GIN3, Ginsan steel was designed for cutting tools like knives and scissors. With a Carbon content between 0.95% - 1.1%, and a Chromium content between 13% - 14%, Ginsan will take a beautiful edge. A slight addition of Manganese and Silicon improves grain structure, wear resistance, and hardness.
All knives in this line are fitted with a lightweight oval cherry wood handle accented with a black pakka wood collar.
Handle: Wa Oval cherry wood w/black pakka collar