Yoshihiro is a brand by Yamawaki Cutlery Mfg. Co. Ltd.---one of the biggest knifemakers in Sakai, Japan. The cutlery ("hamono") was established in 1945 and has been providing high-quality knives for home and professional use.
Some of the well-known blacksmiths working with them are Genkai Masakuni, Kenji Togashi, and Yoshikazu Ikeda.
Yamawaki hamono is a certified "Sakai Wazashu". It is a certification by the Sakai Chamber of Commerce and Industry granted to excellent Sakai companies that preserve traditional techniques. There are only four hamono in Sakai with this certification.
Construction type: warikomi Steel category: stainless Steel type: VG10
Total length: 397mm Blade length: 246mm Blade height at heel: 50.2mm Spine thickness at handle: 1.9mm Spine thickness at heel: 1.8mm Spine thickness at middle: 1.6mm Spine thickness 1cm from the tip: 1.0mm Weight: 174g
Edge/bevel: 50:50 Handle: octagonal walnut Hand orientation: ambidextrous