Gihei Aogami Nashiji Santoku Knife with a 165mm blade.
Gihei is a small company in Tsubame in Niigata, an area famous for steel work. Mr Hosokawa is using innovative shapes and forging high quality steel to beautiful unique knives with a nice finish and great usability.
The Gihei Aogami Nashiji series is made out of a Hitachi Blue Paper #2 carbon steel which is clad in stainless steel. The Aogami 2 is not stainless but it is protected with the stainless steel clading. The excellent heat treatment brings the steel to a quite high hrc 62-63. Unlike the HAP-40 knives the Aogmai series is a true workhorse, the spine is quite thick compared to the HAP-40 knives and you have more weight in your hand. The Nashiji finish is very smooth compared to other brands more towards a polished finish. The handle is octagonal Urushi oak wood. Urushi best translate to lacquer, many pianos are finished that way. It protects the handle very well against moisture making it a very long lasting.
- weight: 149gr
- blade length: 164mm
- total length: 306mm
- hrc: 62-63