Yoshida Hamono is located in Saga prefecture, on the island of Kyushu.

Its founder Seiji Yoshida, started out as an apprentice to famous Hideyoshi Muto, a prestigious blacksmith, and Kensaku Motomura, a maker of military swords for the Japanese army. In 1943, he was awarded the Newcomer Award at the Japanese Sword Exhibition, Under the supervision of his father Nobuichi and together with some more talented blacksmiths, they established the Yoshida Knife Factory.

Saga area is not one of the production center for knives and there are not many other craftsmen, they have built a facility that can handle the knife making process entirely from start to finish, whereas most knife-makers outsource their steel lamination and sharpening.

The Kurouchi Aogami-2 series is a basic / entry level range of Yoshida and they are an exceptional Value for money deal. Their grind is very thin behind the edge, traditional Japanese Kurouchi finish and Magnolia handle.

The Nakiri looks like a small cleaver and is specialized for vegetables. Is a double bevel knife and has a tall, thin blade. It is a very popular knife throughout Japan. Feels nimble in the handle despite its size and its thin blade is designed for precise cuts. Perfect for chopping, slicing and push cuts.

Important Note: This is a Carbon Steel knife and not a stainless one. Requires attention and care in its maintenance like quick washing and drying after use, storing in low humidity area and application of mineral oil if not used for some time.

Over time it will form a patina that will protect it from rust. In case rust appears, use baking soda on wet blade, leave it for 10 mins and rub carefully with your finger or a soft sponge. In case rust is not removed, contact us for further instructions.


Brand / Blacksmith: Yoshida Hamono
Series: Kurouchi Blue-2
Knife type: Nakiri 165mm
Blade Length / Total length (mm): 165 / 310
Grind: 50 / 50
Finish: Kurouchi
Steel type: Aogami 2 (Blue-2)
Forging method: San Mai
HRC hardness: 62
Handle type / Material / Ferrule: Oval / / Magnolia / Plastic
Spine Thickness at heel / tip (mm): 3,5 / 1,5
Blade height at heel (mm): 50
Weight (gr): 155