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Moriya Munemitsu YHC Kataha Yanagiba 245mm

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Product Description

Blade steel: YSS Aogami#2 | nantetsu
Bevel: Kataha single bevel
Blade construction: Ni-mai awase
Left-handed available: Yes, long waiting period
Handle: Hounoki (Magnolia)
Ferrule: Suigyu (Water buffalo horn)
Blade length: 245mm
Blade width: 32mm
Blade spine: 4mm
Handle length: 134mm
Handle thickness: 25x20mm
Weight in hand: 158g

The three key elements to producing a fine traditional Japanese knife don't change.

First is what Moriya Munemitsu Hamono describes as yoi sozai o shiyō suru koto: the use of quality materials, meaning steel with absolutely minimal impurities. The second is saitekina netsushori o suru koto: optimal heat treatment - hardening, annealing and tempering - without which quality materials won't mean much. Thirdly, seizō kakō, ha-tsuke: the process of manufacture and sharpening, that of creating a well-balanced knife with the cutting weight and sharpness professional users expect.

Moriya Munemitsu YHC prides itself on fulfilling these three requirements to the letter. It should come as no surprise; this is the Yasugi Specialty Steels subsidiary that produces and markets these professional-grade knives across Japan. 

Parent company YSS produces the high-grade aogami#2 alloy steel. Moriya Munemitsu's optimal heat treatment of this 'in-house' steel results in a blade with high hardness and resistance to chipping. Ha-tsuke - let's call it edge sculpting - in turn delivers an outstanding cutting tool. Asked the essence of their success in a competitive market, Moriya Munemitsu tells us that it derives from many years of research and experience, and deep consideration of the requirements of their users. 

Moriya Munemitsu's single-bevel yanagibas are hand-forged in the traditional measurement of 'sun'. This is their 8-sun sashimi-bocho, measuring 245mm total blade length from the handle, 235mm along the cutting edge heel-to-tip.* This is a hand-forged item so expect measurements to vary slightly from knife to knife.

* Japanese knifemakers might state the length of a yanagiba using the longer or the shorter measure depending on tradition in their part of Japan. Moriya Munemitsu YHC uses the longer.

Product Reviews

  1. Arrived in perfect condition

    Posted by David W on 5th Oct 2018

    The new yanagiba arrived in perfect condition (thanks to your excellent packing). The knife is exquisite! The four mm spine makes the beautifully-crafted blade feel very strong, and the plain white and black handle compliments the blade perfectly.
    If I were not already addicted to Japanese knives, I certainly am now.

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