Sakai Takayuki Syousin Hienn - 240mm Yanagiba by Itsuo Doi
Sakai Takayuki Syousin Hienn - 240mm Yanagiba by Itsuo Doi
Sakai Takayuki Syousin Hienn - 240mm Yanagiba by Itsuo Doi
Sakai Takayuki Syousin Hienn - 240mm Yanagiba by Itsuo Doi
Sakai Takayuki Syousin Hienn - 240mm Yanagiba by Itsuo Doi
Sakai Takayuki Syousin Hienn - 240mm Yanagiba by Itsuo Doi
Sakai Takayuki Syousin Hienn - 240mm Yanagiba by Itsuo Doi
Sakai Takayuki Syousin Hienn - 240mm Yanagiba by Itsuo Doi
Sakai Takayuki Syousin Hienn - 240mm Yanagiba by Itsuo Doi

Sakai Takayuki Syousin Hienn - 240mm Yanagiba by Itsuo Doi

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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 Hienn by Itsuo Doi
  • Matching black Saya
  • Elegant black knife pouch
  • Wooden presentation box

 

Measurements 

  Measurements

Weight 

190 g 

Total Length

383 mm 

Tip to Heel Length

239 mm 

Blade Height at Heel

33 mm 

Width of Spine Above Heel 

4.1 mm 

Width of Spine at Middle of Blade

3.3 mm 

Width of Spine at about 1cm From the Tip

1.1 mm 

Steel

Blue 2

Hardness

HRC 63

Handle Design

African ebony, black buffalo horn 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. 

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