Sakai Takayuki Syousin Byakko - 330mm Yanagiba by Kenji Togashi
Sakai Takayuki Syousin Byakko - 330mm Yanagiba by Kenji Togashi
Sakai Takayuki Syousin Byakko - 330mm Yanagiba by Kenji Togashi
Sakai Takayuki Syousin Byakko - 330mm Yanagiba by Kenji Togashi
Sakai Takayuki Syousin Byakko - 330mm Yanagiba by Kenji Togashi
Sakai Takayuki Syousin Byakko - 330mm Yanagiba by Kenji Togashi
Sakai Takayuki Syousin Byakko - 330mm Yanagiba by Kenji Togashi
Sakai Takayuki Syousin Byakko - 330mm Yanagiba by Kenji Togashi
Sakai Takayuki Syousin Byakko - 330mm Yanagiba by Kenji Togashi
Sakai Takayuki Syousin Byakko - 330mm Yanagiba by Kenji Togashi

Sakai Takayuki Syousin Byakko - 330mm Yanagiba by Kenji Togashi

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Introducing the Takayuki Syousin Byakko / Hienn

Knives and Stones is proud to introduce the Takayuki Syousin Byakko and Hienn: further refined version of the existing Sakai Takayuki Byakko (白虎) and Hienn (飛燕), the Syousin way.

 

Package includes:

  • The Sakai Takayuki Syousin Byakko
  • Matching black Saya
  • Elegant black knife pouch
  • Wooden presentation box
  • 20ml Tsubaki oil with spary bottle
  • Oversized Leather strop 

 

Measurements 

  Measurements

Weight 

 

Total Length

 

Tip to Heel Length

 

Blade Height at Heel

 

Width of Spine Above Heel 

 

Width of Spine at Middle of Blade

 

Width of Spine at about 1cm From the Tip

 

Steel

White 1

Hardness

HRC 63

Handle Design

African ebony, buffalo  ferrule, nickel silver spacer

 

The Syousin way

While the standard Byakko and Hienn are considered by many as great knife already, there are a few aspects that I think it could be further improved upon.

 

The main reason behind the emerge of the Syousin version, was because while I started K&S and got a shipment of Hienn, I had to reject a great portion of them due to various of small issues such as less than ideal blade finish, wrapping is a bit too severe than may taste. Don't get me wrong, they are still great products and I think it is more suitable for the Japanese chefs who are less strict on some of these F&F issues than us here (most of the problems will go away with a proper sharpening, and warp fixing is rather easy in Japan) but care more about how much they cost. The reason behind such issue, is that Sakai Takayuki is one of the leading traditional knife manufacturer in Japan in terms of market share, so their product have to meet the demand of the domestic market first before addressing our needs. I think this as a market discrepancy issue.

 

To fix this, I worked closely with Aoki hamono in order to meet the strictest demand from guys like us. Below is what we have achieved:

 

We asked Master Hirosugu Tosa, who we consider is one of the best sharpening and mirror polishing craftsmen at Aoki hamono after the retirement of Master Yukinori Oda last year, to oversee the sharpening of both the Byakko and Hienn. We specifically asked extra fine details need to be applied to all the Syousin blades. And what we have achieved is a straight blade with super even Ura and blade road, accomplished by the exceptional mirror polishing (Tosa-san recons his best skill is mirror polishing). One example would be the kanji engraving, we asked the blade to be polished after the kanji engraving not before. It means the blade has to travel one more time back to Tosa-san after he finishes most of the sharpening work. The added cost means the Syousin Byakko and Hienn will have the perfectly polished blade like the following pic:

We also replaced the handles with our K&S semi-custom ebony black horn ferrule with silver nickel spacer handle ensuring superb quality top to bottom. 

 

 

About Kenji Tongashi

Kenji Tongashi received his skilled traditional craftsman award in 1991, which recognizes the best Sakai masters. He is known for able to forge a varity types of steel. During my visit to Togashi-san's workshop, I saw many unique knives, one was a stack of half finished 540mm Maguro-kiri (tuna knife). That was impressive enough, but then I was shown a super long tuna knife: the blade was 160cm (5ft3) and the total length was about 2 meters (6ft7)! I was so impressed by his work, and asked if he would forge us some blue 1 honyaki blades according to my spec. (I always wanted to get one personally as a knifenut) and he gladly agreed. The result was just plain sensational, and I have since asked Togashi-san, with the help of Sakai Takayuki, to make a custom honkayi line for us. 

 

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