Hankotsu style boning knife. Strong and sturdy for cutting meat away from bones (like a standard western-style "boning knife" -- it's NOT for cutting through bones). Like the honesuki style boning knife, this is a thick blade and a pretty serious piece of metal! It's not like a Western (German) style flexible boning knife -- the blade is really thick and stiff, but the edge is still remarkably sharp, so the knife is tough, but still effective. An interesting and useful knife, and a style that seems to be gaining more traction among my professional chef customers. The handle is nice and beefy to allow for good leverage and control while boning, and the fit and finish are excellent, making this a great value for someone looking for a quality true Japanese-style boning knife with high quality steel.
All Grand Chef series knives are made from high quality Bohler N685 stainless steel. This is a martensitic chromium stainless steel with added molybdenum and vanadium, which results in high hardness and good wear resistance, with excellent corrosion resistance -- an ideal steel for durable and sharp kitchen knives! Grand Chef blades are hard and tough with long lasting edges. HRC approx. 59-60 for sharpness and ease of maintenance and sharpening.
I'd recommend the fine ceramic hone (see below) for regular/daily maintenance of the edge. As with any knife, use the hone regularly and you'll keep the edge in good shape for a LONG time before you need to think about doing any serious "re-sharpening" or real grinding and refinishing of the edge.
NOTE: This knife is sharpened almost entirely on the right side, which means it's not really suitable for left-handed use.
FOR RIGHT HAND USE ONLY.