Located in Toyama City, Toyama prefecture, Sukenari (Skenari Ltd.) has been in the knife forging business since 1948. Toyama is a costal city in the heart of Japan known for power supply and robot manufacturing.
Sukenari knives have been made with all types of knife making steels in the past, but are gaining recognition for their use of modern steel such as SG2 & ZDP189. They hand-forge everything from single bevel traditional Japanese blades, to 3 rivet full tang western knives.
For this damascus series they've chosen to use SG2 powder steel for the core of the knife, this steel is one our favourite steels at the shop. It holds an edge like hard carbon steel, is quite durable for a hard steel, and it's stainless so it's easy to maintain.
All knives in this series are fitted with a wa-octagonal handle. This is our favourite shape for a knife handle at The Cook's Edge, it gives excellent control and fits comfortably in the hand of either left or right handers.