These knives are the perfect gateway into Japanese knives and make a perfect gift. They look great, have a familiar feel because of the western style handle and the performance of the steel will blow you away. The hammered surface will break up surface tension allowing the knife to glide easily through the food as you slice and dice.
These are forged out of AUS-8, a stainless steel that is harder than your average kitchen knife but not quite as hard some of the carbon and high-tech steels of Japan. In normal speak, it will keep an incredible edge for a long time but is more durable than most Japanese knives. This makes them amazing for professional kitchens where they'll receive a lot of abuse, and great for gifts if you don't know how the recipient will treat their new knife.
The handle is made from Pakka wood, a durable material made of wood that has been heat treated with resin. It looks like wood but is way more durable. The edge has been sharpened by hand with a Western style 50/50 bevel making it suitable for for most any kitchen task.
The kanji on the knife blade “春幸” means “Haruyuki”.