Nenohi Ultimate Honyaki 300 Yanagiba
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Nenohi Custom Honyaki 300 Yanagiba
There's an old saying in Scotland that you don't earn the right to own a set of golf clubs until you can go around the course below par using only a 5 iron and a putter.
There is a similar qualification for owning a Honyaki Yangiba but it is much more difficult to achieve. For those who aspire to owning such a blade should be able to wield a yanagiba with great dexterity, never nick the blade, never let a spot of rust form and be able to sharpen kataba blades to a high degree of excellence.
This ultimate honyaki yanagiba from Nenohi is hand forged in Sakai by one of the great honyaki blacksmiths of the last generation. After being sharpening in Sakai it is re-polished by Nenohi to superb mirror finish. The handle is a specially selected piece of hon-kokutan (true ebony) with a butt and bolster of sterling silver complete with hallmark stamp.
This blade also features a beautiful hamon that is naturally formed during the quenching process (unlike the modern trend of creating a hamon with sandblasting).
This knife deserves to be used by someone with great skill or loved by a collector with very discerning taste.
Nenohi and the pursuit of excellence
"Customers looking for genuinely good knives always come to us ... We usually do not take the cost into consideration when we develop a new product. When makers develop a new product, they usually set the price first, then, develop a knife meeting the set price. We do totally the opposite. We develop a knife first, the best knife we can create without thinking of the cost, then, set the price which meets the newly developed knife. That’s why our knives are not cheap - the only downside of our knives." Yusuke Sawada president of Nenohi
|White carbon steel forged in the honyaki method
|Kataba bevel for right handers