The Masamoto Ao-ko Layered Hongasumi knives are crafted by uniting four layers of blue carbon steel #2 and soft iron steel. The beautiful pattern on the blades is crafted by a combination of special forge welding and hammering processes. The layers of blue steel create a longer edge retention and more chip-resistant blade than white carbon steel hongasumi knives.
Bevel: Single Edged
Steel Type: Blue Steel #2 (Moisture and acidity will cause discoloration or rust)
For Left-Handed Customer
Left-handed blades must be special ordered from Japan, and will cost 50% more than the right-handed blades. Due to how each traditional Japanese knife is handmade by right handed craftsmen, it will take 4 to 6 weeks to forge and deliver.