Santoku • 175 mm • rosewood • VG-10 core • Japanese octave handle • 63 layers of damascus steel • for both left and right handed use
The beautiful blade has a matte finish. In combination with the light and thin blade, it will give little resistance while cutting. The matte finish is created by an acid bath, in which the blade rests for some time after being thinned and polished.
Features of the Niiro series
The blade of the Niiro series, is constructed identical as the Bonten Unryu series. It has a core of VG-10, with on each side 31 layers of stainless damascus steel. The blade is relatively thin, with a medium / light weight, but not as thin as a laser. Due to the classic Japanese perfectly shaped octagonal handle (rosewood), it is easy to control and effortlessly will do exactly what it is made for cutting perfectly.
The VG-10 steel is dipped in a salt bath after forging, which results in the correct hardness and toughness of the steel. The result is that it can be sharpened very thin, but it also remains sharp for a very long time. Ryusen is a master in the geometry of the blade: thin and razor-sharp.
Niiro means red in Japanese, so that is why we call it the Niiro series.
Elwin de Veld about Ryusen knives
When I started sharpening knives, I sometimes got hold of a very special model, probably imported by a customer themselves. A Ryusen knife was one of them. To precisely measure the quality of steel, there is no better measure than the actual manual sharpening of a knife: Ryusen belongs to the absolute top in the world of handmade Japanese kitchen knives.
Until some time ago, Ryusen made various models on OEM base in Echizen, but recently they focus entirely on their own company. Ryusen has spent a lot of time researching in the field of manufacturing (forging, hardening, grinding and finishing), as well as receiving feedback from the professional end user. Their dedication, perseverance and only settling for the very best ensure that every knife is perfectly finished and meets the highest requirements of a completely handmade chef's knife. The complete process from forging to the design of the box is carried out by Ryusen in-house. I am very proud to be an importer and a reliable distributor for Ryusen.