This Mutsumi Hinoura shirogami nakiri has become the main knife that I use for testing out new natural stones. It was one of the first batches of knives we got from Mutsumi in about 2013 and I've gotten a chance to get used to its properties sharpening it on many stones and using it at home.
Shirogami is a blank canvas for smiths and can take on lots of large and small nuances depending on how it's forged, heat treated and ground. Mutsumi's shirogami knives have evolved over the years since this one was made especially his geometries but certain elements of his smithing have stayed consistent; a nice blend of toughness and edge life, it is certainly a hard treatment of the steel and has the crispness you would expect from that but hardness hasnt been overemphasized, there is very good responsiveness to stones.
Here I have prepped the knife with our "man-made auto" a 2000 grit stone made with a blend of natural and artificial grit in a very soft muddy binder. This stone starts at 2000 but with a dry slurry looks to go to about 4000, it is a great pre-polisher for many natural Japanese finish stones, although some very hard ones need finer, some softer or more aggressive stones can work from 1000 grit.
We have a new batch of natural Japanese stones on the way that this knife will be getting a workout on, keep your eye peeled for those in the next month. Those stones will mostly be Shoboudani and Aiiwatani mine but there should be a few others in there a Nakayama or two...
In the meantime we have some great assorted square shaped Aiiwatani koppa stones in the 830-1000 gram range on sale for $78.40 each on the website.
We don't not have the Hinoura Nakiri in stock at the moment but have lots of other shirogami and aogami super knives from him in stock, check out the website bernalcutlery.com or swing by the shop.
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