About This Item
Fudo Kuniyuki Yanagiba Mizu Honyaki 330mm Mirror Finish Blade with Ebony Handle and Engraved bamboo Ebony Wood Cover
Fudo Kuniyuki is Genkai Masakuni . I think that the name is used for the other cooking knife maker. Genkai Masakuni is the only one apprentice under Heian Okishiba Masakuni. Okishiba Masakuni was pioneer to make high-end Mizu Honyaki cooking knife. His Mizu Honyaki is famous for the sharpest edge and retaining longest sharp edge. He had just had one apprentice, and it is Genkai Masakuni, and he is also over 70 years old, and it is very hard to get in Genkai Masakuni knife nowadays. Even masters those who are working in Sakai high-end cutlery industry, they often talk about his work, and they also collect his knife**** This knife has comes with an original wooden box with Japanese Calligraphy, but the box was cracked and fixed. It is still able to use it, but it is just in very good condition. The ebony handle has still plastic wrap, and the knife has still anti-corrosive liquid on it (rainbow color). It looks unused condition. It was brought in pawnshop in Tokyo by professional chef for long time ago. I am not prove it, but I feel that it should be made at least 20 years ago to 30 years ago. The original price was $3000. The Hira (the flat portion next to the bevel) is mirror finish. It shows a ripple line (hamon) on the shinogi line on the bevel side. It also shows a ripple line on the flat concave side as you can see in the pictures.
The knife does not show what kind of steel is used, but it should be Mizu Honyaki white I or II steel or blue I or II steel.
The handle is ebony w/ water buffalo horn, and it is still plastic wrap on the handle tightly. The saya is also custom made ebony with bamboo hand engraving that is often seen in Genkai Masakuni knives.
The blade length (from the tip to the machi ): 330mm (13inch)
The total length of the knife: 490mm (19 1/4inch) The heel part of the spine width: 4.2mm (3/16 inch) The total weight of the knife: 9.0oz. The width from the heel to the spine: 35mm (1 3/16inch)