Gyuto 240mm Honyaki 26c3 "Spicy White"
An Isasmedjan Honyaki blade is certainly something special. Jonas Johnson sees Honyaki as the highest of artforms. His Honayki blades are simple and elegant with an absolute focus on traditional Japanese technique and absolute premium fit and finish.
This blade features one of the most perfect Japanese Gyuto profiles I’ve seen. By “Gyuto” I mean to separate this knife from any of the Western chef knife profiles. It has the typical Gyuto flat section that gradually curves towards the tip. The blade has a lovely cutting action, very enjoyable.
Unlike a classic Sakai Honyaki, this blade has a significant distal taper and at only 1.8mm at the spine mid-point and as little as 1.3mm an inch before the tip I would place this blade in the laser territory when compared to other Honyaki blades.
Un-questionably some of the cleanest craftsmanship around. Perfectly rounded and polished spine and choil, no unsightly gaps where the tang inserts into the handle. Just a very clean piece of work.
Speaking of the handle, WOW! It may be a simply Japanese Wa profile, but Jonas has really found some lovely materials for this one. A combination red exotic Amboyna burl and a deep blue turquois spacer make for a stunning combination. The faceting is perfect, and the glassy matte finish feels amazing.
Classic Honyaki wave hamon, perfect balance, fit and finish, beautiful handle materials and amazing cutting performance. This knife is firmly in heirloom territory.
Blade Type: Gyuto
Edge Length: 240mm
Spine Heel: 2.98mm
Spine Mid: 1.85mm
Spine Tip (20mm before): 1.25mm
Blade Height: 55.75mm
Cutting Edge Steel: 26C3
Blade Construction: Honyaki
Blade Finish: Matte Polish
Handle Construction: Hidden Tang
Handle Materials: Exotic Red Amboyna Burl and Turquoise
Saya Included: No
Cleaning: Clean by hand with warm water. Avoid wetting the handle when possible.
Sharpening: We advise using whetstones to sharpen your knives and a honing rod or steel to maintain the burr between sharpening sessions.
Reactive Steels: Reactive steels like Aogami Super, Apex Ultra or one of the many premium reactive German and Swedish steels are susceptible to rust if not properly cared for. In this case we advise that you keep the knife dry between uses and when storing the knife for longer periods wiping the knife blade with Tsubaki oil or another food safe oil is a wise choice. This will not stop a patina forming on the blade, but it will stop rust. A patina can be a beautiful personal feature on your knife and helps to stop rust forming. So, dry your knife regularly between uses, store in a dry place and apply some Tsubaki oil from time to time when storing for long periods.
A reference guide to steel types
Handle Care: If you have a knife with a non-stabilised wooden handle, you can apply Tsubaki oil or another food safe oil to your handle from time to time. Food safe wax can be applied to both stabilised and no-stabilised wooden handles. Never apply hot wax or oil as you risk warping or damaging the handle.