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Master Fujiwara is globally acclaimed for creating not only stunning knives, but incredibly high-performance knives. His work has a rustic fit and finish which for those keen on wanting to learn how to polish a spine or choil, is even better given you'll end up with a high-performance knife and a new set of skills.
What makes the Maboroshi line from Fujiwara-san desireable? In our opinion two things.
Shirogami 1 (white steel no. 1) is amongst one of the favourite carbon steels for most knife enthusiasts for its ease of sharpening, but most importantly how razor sharp the steel feels in hand and on the cutting board.
Second, the Maboroshi line hosts one of the more beautiful hand-hammered (tsuchime) patterns we've seen. Very deep craters make it obvious this is a hand-hammered product and with stainless steel cladding, those details are sure to stay. Patina will only develop on the cutting edge.
At 195mm, a peculiar size for a gyuto, the user who reaches for this knife is one who wants a knife longer than the typical 165mm santoku but shorter than the average 210mm gyuto. Making this length extremely versatile yet nimble.
Length - 346 mm (13.6 in.)
Weight - 142 g (5.0 oz)
Edge Length - 195 mm
Heel Height - 52.5 mm
Steel Type - White (Shirogami) #1
HRC - 64-65
Cladding - Stainless
Bevel - Double Bevel
Handle - Ho Wood Buffalo Horn Octagonal