Indeed it is
I can totally relate:
* "you have a half shaven left forearm" - I could not test the knife I was sharpening today on my left
Can anyone identify the maker and purpose of this knife? Also, can anyone read the kanji?
Get a large beverage of your choice, sit for awhile and search Moritaka.
Google syntax is "site:kitchenknifeforums.com moritaka"
Correct, That is one in blue#1 steel. JKI also offer Zakuri knives in super-blue steel which will have somewhat better edge retention. I have not used