We have two established fulfilment centres. One in Tennessee, USA and one in Coalville, UK. Our plan is to ship the bulk shipments to these two locations. Thereafter we will courier your knives directly to you.
If you are based in either the USA or EU, there will be no import duty. This is because we ship from our own distribution centres, therefore have already paid the duty. Outside these territories, you may have to pay import duty, depending on your local tax regulation
For Kuroi Hana we use a multi layered Japanese steel from the Aichi Steel Corporation. In total, there are 67 layers. The core is AUS-10 steel and around the core are alternating layers of 430 and 431 stainless steel.
The short answer is that the handle is hollow. The handle is welded on to the blade, just like Global’s knives. In our view, the point of a full tang is to give stability to a wooden handle. Because we use an all-steel handle, a full tang provides no benefit to the construction.
No. The reason for this is that the multi-layered steel with an AUS-10 steel core is extremely expensive in combination with it not being suitable for a curved shape. Making the handle in this steel would therefore be extremely expensive and impractical.
We have recently released a number of multi-buy awards. You are able to purchase 2,3, and 5 sets in a bundle. At the end of the campaign, we will use a reward management system to allow backers to top up and adjust their rewards.
The main difference is that AUS-10 is made by the Aichi Steel Corporation and VG-10 is made by the Takefu Special Steel Factory. Both are high hardness high carbon stainless steels with a vanadium mix. We consider them interchangeable.
Sharpening is a subjective affair. We think most sharpeners work well with our Kuroi Hana. The traditionalist will prefer a whetstone, first a coarse grit followed by a finer surface. The difficulty is to keep the right angle. We therefore recommend either a manual or electric sharpener with a pre-set angle. They tend to be more user friendly.