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KenHash

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At first glance it looks like Sakon Hakubai Saku 左近 白梅 作。
 

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Yea unfortunately its not possible right now. I don't have the knife in my possession. Thought it was just worth a shot but I'll post again if I possess the knife.
 

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With Kanji there can be multiple ways of reading. White Plum 白梅 is "normally" read "Hakubai". But how it is read is entirely up to the writer/maker, so in this case they chose the "ShiraUme" reading. Which, oddly, is apparent only if you read their English website. lol
Don't know much about the Sakon lines but they do offer a Powder Steel SRS15 series Ryuga 龍雅 which has always interested me. But never came across anyone with experience using them.
 

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With Kanji there can be multiple ways of reading. White Plum 白梅 is "normally" read "Hakubai". But how it is read is entirely up to the writer/maker, so in this case they chose the "ShiraUme" reading. Which, oddly, is apparent only if you read their English website. lol
Don't know much about the Sakon lines but they do offer a Powder Steel SRS15 series Ryuga 龍雅 which has always interested me. But never came across anyone with experience using them.
Thanks @KenHash. I found a thread about this knife back from 2012. People loved or hated it. It was always on sale at EE. I picked it up off eBay for $100. Skd11 steel. If it ain’t the greatest. I’ll just fix it up and get it to someone as their starter knife.
 

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Sounds like a nice buy. Never tried SKD11 but I have been told it's the same as SLD which is equivalent to D2. A steel I only have on a Benchmade folder, so no real direct experience.
 

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Sounds like a nice buy. Never tried SKD11 but I have been told it's the same as SLD which is equivalent to D2. A steel I only have on a Benchmade folder, so no real direct experience.
SKD and sld are quite different. I much prefer SKD feel on the stones as opposed to sld. SKD equivalent would be A2.
 

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SKD and sld are quite different. I much prefer SKD feel on the stones as opposed to sld. SKD equivalent would be A2.
SKD12/A2 is very nice on the stones, even at a high HRC. And not very chippy.
 
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SKD and sld are quite different. I much prefer SKD feel on the stones as opposed to sld. SKD equivalent would be A2.
SKD11 = SLD = D2 and SKD12 = A2 as far as I remember. I have a similar knife from sakon; feels a bit softer than my yoshikane damascus SLD on the stones. The sakon stains much more readily. Can't say much about edge retention since I'm a home cook.
 
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