Isamitsu Hamono is primarily operated by Yuki Abe-san and Gaku Kanatsu-san. As makers, they're always striving to craft better knives and improve their methods. Abe-san and Kanatsu-san also break from tradition in many ways, cross-pollinating knowledge with other blacksmiths to form a style totally their own and even taking on a young woman as an apprentice in 2022. Their style combines the rustic traditions of their former master with a ton of new tweaks and updates to craft some understated yet stunning blades.
The shiroichi series features a rough, freshly-forged black finish called kurouchi, and is crafted from white carbon steel #1. This stuff requires care to avoid rust, gets insanely sharp and cuts like a dream. The blades feel confident in your hand, rustic yet elegant.
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