Sakai Shoryu White #1 Honyaki Left Handed Sakimaru Takohiki with Urushi Saya
Handle: octagonal Ebony handle with buffalo Horn and silver ferrule
Saya: Mother-of-Pearl Inlay Tsugaru Nuri Urushi Saya
The top brand in Sakai City, Osaka, Japan, "Sakai Shoryu," employs Shirogami #1 steel and the water quenching method to handcraft the exceptionally rare left-handed Sakimaru Takohiki. The blade is meticulously mirror-polished to reveal the exquisite pattern.
The characteristics of an all-steel Honyaki blade strike a perfect balance between flexibility, toughness, and sharpness. In particular, Shirogami #1 steel with water quenching exhibits outstanding sharpness and a fine edge (compared to oil quenching, which emphasizes flexibility and toughness, and though its sharpness is not as high as water quenching, its overall performance is still excellent, depending on the user's preference, style of use, and application).