Introducing Marukoyoshi by Yoshikane Hamono
some of you have known that in addition to Shigefusa, I was considering a collaboration with Yoshikane Hamono. I am pleased to announced that Yoshikane would supply me with knives and I will customize them and offer them for sale. The knives will be sold under Marukoyoshi brand and will be in SKD-12 steel (semi stainless).
I ordered three sample knives made to custom thickness I requested. I got two - 240mm kasumi gyuto and 270mm damascus suji. Overall, I am satisfied with the quality, grind, and fit and finish. There are a few small things that need to be changed (I did that myself this time), and will be addressed in future orders, but overall, I think these are well rounded knives in good steel and at a good price.
270 Damascus suji is bespoken, a KU damascus suji should arrive in a few days and a gyuto is available. My web site is being worked on to accommodate new things, but once it's up, I will populate the store with things I make and knives I customize.
Here are some pictures before and after customization. The suji in the middle is KU suji. I haven't received it yet.