JAPANESE KNIVES AND KNIFE SHARPENING
Yosimitu Kajiya is a family run Kajiya (Smithery) in the small town of Shimabara, Nagasaki Prefecture and was established in 1937. Junichi Ide is the 3rd generation blacksmith at Yosimitu Kajiya and does all stages of the blade making; free forging his blades from pre-welded “Rikizai” steel and grinding the edge by hand. Yosimitu Kajiya has always specialised in kitchen knives but also makes tools for the local agricultural and fishing industries, it is a traditional family run blacksmith. Junichi Ide wants to make sharp knives for everyone to use, Yosimitu Kajiya knives are thin, strong, rustic and built for daily use.
This is a single bevel leather knife.
Aogami, also known as Blue paper steel due to the colour of the paper it came wrapped in, is a high carbon steel made by Hitachi Metals. Aogami is known for its sharpness and edge retention, blue paper steels are considered some of the best carbon steels in the world. It’s like Shirogami but with added tungsten and chromium to give it better edge retention, it comes in 3 grades Aogami #1, #2 & Aogami Super.