This knife is for left-handed people. Right-handed knives are the
mainstream in Japan, so left-handed knives are basically 1.5 times more
expensive than the same knife.
AUS-8a is almost the same thing as AUS-8. It is often called 8a steel as
well.It is a stainless steel with a relatively low carbon content.
You’ll appreciate how well it resists rust and how easily is sharpens.
What differs AUS-8a from AUS-8 is that it has been heat-treated.
They are the same steel with the same makeup of metals, however. Both AUS-8
and AUS-8a are very similar to the 440 line of steels. The 440 line is made
by an American company whereas the AUS line is made by a Japanese company.
Our steel is Made in Japan but some AUS steel is made in China.
AUS-8 Steel is similar to 440 steel. It has Vanadium to give the steel more
hardness. AUS-8a steel is very easy to sharpen to a razor edge but it will dull
relatively quickly compared to high-carbon. Some reviewers online say that it’
ll dull by just being out in oxygen. Others say that they have used it daily at
work and only sharpen it once a week.
The quality of the blade does depend a lot on use and tempering techniques from
the manufacturer. AUS-8a will withstand rust very well.
It is similar to 440 steel in this regard as well.
Finished by the sharpener of a traditional craftsman in Sakai.
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*Colour and shape can differ from the photo and actual product due to camera and lighting.
*Also, you may see difference in colour due to the oil applied to protect from rust.
*For handmade products, there may be small scratches. There is no problem in use at all.
*In addition, vintage products may have minor scratches due to long-term storage.
*Wood products may age over time.
Please check the image well before purchasing.