Fujiwara, Teruyasu Denka no Hotou (Aogami Super)
Swordsmith Teruyasu Fujiwara the fourth has named these knives Denka no Hoto, "Treasured Family Sword" -- a bold claim, but one that is deserved. Fujiwara's knives exceed all expectations of performance and edge holding.
These knives are completely hand forged by a true master. The hard super aogami (super blue carbon steel) core is laminated between softer stainless steel. This technique results in a knife that has the performance of a carbon steel knife (a keen, long lasting edge and ease of sharpening) without many of the maintenance issues (rusting and oxidation). Because only the carbon steel cutting edge is exposed, the knife is far less likely to rust. The blade is then hardened to Rockwell 65-66 (very hard!).
Both the blade and tang are distal tapered for the best possible balance and performance. The hand-hammered surface reduces the likelihood of food sticking to the side of the knife while chopping and slicing.
Professional chefs generally hold a knife by pinching the blade with the thumb and fore-finger. The unique finger notch cut from the choil makes this grip even easier and more comfortable.