Hinokuni san (1990) is a young blacksmith from Kumamoto Prefecture who recently gained independence after being apprenticed to Nishida san. The steel he uses is Shirogami #1. The hallmark of a good knife is the way it is sharpened and Hinokuni knives are a fine example of his excellent craftsmanship.
Shirogami (White paper steel) #1, is a high purity carbon steel alloy is a very popular steel for high quality Japanese chef's knives especially in Honyaki knives. These knives have an extremely fine edge and are easy to sharpen. It is highly reactive so can stain quickly, so wipe and dry after each use!