Pre-order Mizuno Tanrenjo Akitada Honyaki DX Aogami 2 Double Sided Mirror Gyuto 210mm with WOOD BOX and SAYA


Knife Type : Honyaki Gyuto
Steel Type : Aogami #2
Blade Length : 210mm
Blade Finishes  : Mirror

Handle :
Shape : Octagon
Material : Ebony
Ferrule : buffalo horn ferrule

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Honyaki – Traditional Japanese Blade Crafting

Honyaki, also known as 本燒, stands as a highly sophisticated technique in the crafting of Japanese blades, recognized for its traditional roots and challenging methodology. This approach is often reserved for crafting premium blades, especially those with thin, delicate edges, such as traditional Japanese chef’s knives.

Production Process:

  1. Material Selection: Utilizing high-quality carbon steel or specific stainless steel varieties known for retaining sharpness and exhibiting exceptional cutting performance.
  2. Forging: The forging process is crucial, involving multiple folds to meticulously adjust the crystalline structure, enhancing the blade’s toughness and durability.
  3. Quenching: Through a specialized quenching process, the blade is rapidly cooled, forming a high-hardness cutting edge while retaining flexibility along the spine.
  4. Grinding: Exquisite grinding techniques are essential to ensure the blade achieves optimal sharpness and smoothness.

Key Features:

  • Cutting Performance: Honyaki-crafted blades boast exceptional sharpness, delivering powerful cutting capabilities suitable for various ingredients.
  • Toughness: Careful forging and quenching endow the blade with both high hardness and toughness, extending its overall lifespan.
  • Traditional Craftsmanship: The Honyaki technique represents the traditional artistry of Japanese blade crafting, showcasing the masterful skills of artisans and their relentless pursuit of blade perfection.


  • Culinary Arts: Honyaki blades are commonly employed in high-end culinary settings, favored by chefs for their outstanding cutting performance.
  • Samurai Swords: Initially applied to samurai swords, Honyaki has become one of the historical methods for crafting exceptional blades.

In summary, Honyaki epitomizes the pinnacle of Japanese blade craftsmanship, catering not only to practical needs but also achieving remarkable feats in artistry and traditional craftsmanship.


Mizuno Tanrenjo

Mizuno Tanrenjo carries forward the time-honored artistry of Japanese sword crafting, a skill passed down through generations for over a century and a half. Throughout this period, the Mizuno family has remained dedicated to preserving traditional techniques, showcasing a commitment to the meticulous craftsmanship of producing the highest quality forged blades.

Establishment Year: 1872
Founder: Torakichi Mizuno
Location: Sakai City, Osaka
Product Highlight: Renowned for crafting traditional Japanese-style chef’s knives, prominently represented by the “Sakai Uchi” series, a signature offering from Mizuno Tanrenjo.
Historical Significance:
Founded in Sakai City by samurai Torakichi Mizuno in 1872, Mizuno Tanrenjo has spanned four generations, earning acclaim for its expertise in crafting traditional Japanese-style chef’s knives, famously known as “Sakai Uchi.”

Master Artisan:
Masanori Mizuno, the second-generation craftsman, was honored with the task of forging “Mayokegama,” a sickle used to ward off evil spirits. These sickles adorned the roof of the Hōryū-ji temple in Nara, the oldest five-story wooden building in Japan, designated as a National Treasure and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Royal Recognition:
In 1952 and 1980, members of the Imperial family visited Mizuno Tanrenjo’s workshop, expressing admiration for their traditional forging techniques and craftsmanship. To preserve this honor for future generations, Mizuno initiated the engraving of the “賜台覧” (Royal Visit) logo on their blades.

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