Has anyone heard of, used, or seen one of these in person?
Just saw them on CKTG site as I didn't recognize the name, yet they aren't in the new arrivals section. They basically describe themselves as being wa-handled versions similar to Hiromoto AS knives.
I remember a while back on the other forum, we had around 60+ people that were in for a wa-handled 270 Hiromoto AS to give them a business case to build some more with guaranteed demand, but they still would not do it...wondering if these would be a nice alternative (although looks like 240 gyuto is the largest size right now).
http://www.This Site Not Allowed Here.com.com/kanehiro.html
We have been searching for a blacksmith or small company to make a wa-handled equivalent of the popular Hiromoto knives. Kanehiro knives are offering just such a knife and we're happy to add their knives to our site. These knives feature aogami super steel (also called blue paper #2 super) on the core and the knife is then clad with stainless stainless steel to protect most of the knife from reacting with acids or moisture. These knives will only oxidize right along the edge. Knife sharpeners love aogami super steel because it takes an acute edge and holds it. The knives have high hardness of HRC 62-63. Hiroshi Kato (second generation) runs a small blacksmith shop in Takefu Village along with 2 others. The blade engraving in Kanji means "Echizen" and "Made by Kintaro". Kintaro is the late smith (first generation), Mr. Kintaro Kato.