Shirogami (white) carbon is pretty darn great—super easy to sharpen, takes a brilliant edge, cuts like silk, and is relatively rugged for its hardness. The extremely hard white carbon steel core is laminated between softer layers of carbon steel. Since the blade is not stainless, it requires a bit more care.
Fujimoto knives are all hand-forged by master crafts-people in the city of Sanjo. Each crafts-person has a specific skill, so their knives are made in a more practical production environment. This means that Fujimoto knives are some of the most technically consistent, reliable, and affordable hand-crafted blades that you can buy. They have all of the benefits and romance of a hand-crafted knife, with the perfection of someone who has been mastering a single skillset for years, if not decades.
We called the finish of this knife “Kurouchi-Forged” because it has a great freshly forged look from the hammer-marks and oxidized surface. The handle is made of solid oak wood in a comfortable octagon shape. One-piece handles are uncommon in Japan, but they are becoming more popular. We think they look super slick! The knife has a very light feel overall and a forward balance.
The kanji on the knife blade (藤本) reads "Fujimoto."
Fujimoto knives are the future of Japanese knife making, due to the efficiency and modern approach used by their makers. Fujimoto knives are a great choice, whether you’re getting your first handmade blade, or filling in an area that is lacking in your knife repertoire.