Genkai Masakuni Yanagiba Mizu Honyaki 330mm Mirror Finish Knife
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Genkai Masakuni Yanagiba Mizu Honyaki 330mm Mirror Finish Blade with Ebony Handle and Ebony Wood Cover
Genkai Masakuni is the only one apprentice under Heian Okishiba Masakuni. Okishiba Masakuni was pioneer to make high-end Mizu Honyaki cooking knife. His Mizu Honyaki is famous for the sharpest edge and retaining longest sharp edge. He had just had one apprentice, and it is Genkai Masakuni, and he is also over 70 years old, and it is very hard to get in Genkai Masakuni knife nowadays. Even masters those who are working in Sakai high-end cutlery industry, they often talk about his work, and they also collect his knife**** The paper case is beat-up, and it is in good condition, however the knife and wood cover have used very little like probably just tried it out little while, and putting away drawer or something like that. I have nothing prove it, but I feel that It should be made at least 10 years ago or more. That is why it is almost unused condition, but I sharpened the blade. The Hira (the flat portion next to the bevel) is mirror finish. It shows a ripple line (hamon) on the hira on the bevel side. It also shows a ripple line on the flat concave side.
I am not sure what kind of steel is used, but it should be Mizu Honyaki white I or II steel or blue I or II steel.
The handle is ebony w/ water buffalo horn, and the wood cover is also ebony.
The blade length (from the tip to the machi ): 330mm (13inch)
The total length of the knife: 490mm (19 1/4inch) The heel part of the spine width: 3mm (3/16 inch) The total weight of the knife: 9.9oz. The width from the heel to the spine: 34mm (1 1/4inch)