Yoshihiro Mizu Honyaki White #1 Steel Yanagi Sashimi Japanese Knife is at the vanguard of Japanese cutlery, representing the highest level of craftsmanship. Honyaki means `true forged` and is the purest reflection of the traditional art of Japanese sword making. A single piece of White #1 Steel (HRC 64-65) is heated in hearths that reach temperatures in the thousands and quenched in cool water for hardness and durability. Polished with a brilliant mirror finish, the Mizu Yaki Honyaki knives offer the best of both worlds combining ancient Japanese sword making techniques with modern metallurgy.
This premium handcrafted knife has a luxurious Maki Urushi lacquered handle accentuated by handpainted golden Sakura petals. Urushi is a natural lacquer made from the sap of the lacquer tree which is poisonous to the touch until it dries which is why only the most skilled and dedicated artisans undergo this Japanese lacquer painting technique. Maki Urushi is one of the most traditional and exotic Japanese lacquer painting techniques and is where lacquer is used to draw a picture or pattern and before it dries, gold powder is dusted on top of the damp lacquer and the powder is fixed in place with another layer of lacquer to create the design. The Sakura design represents a time of renewal and the coming of spring within Japanese culture. The handpainted golden Sakura petals impart a distinctive elegance and luxury that is sure to impress and dazzle the people around you.
Honyaki knives symbolize the purest reflection of Japanese knife-making and is the pinnacle of Japanese craftsmanship and artisanry. Paired with the traditional aesthetic beauty and exotic artwork of Maki Urushi, this knife represents the hallmark of the exquisite blend of
aesthetics and ancient Japanese tradition in the modern era.