This Chinese Cleaver is hand forged by the Mizuno Family in the Akitada Hontanren manner. This means that the blade is forged in the old style, one hammer blow at a time. There are few smiths left that can claim the hontanren title. To form the blade, Mr. Mizuno forge welds the best quality high carbon steel to soft wrought iron. Each blade is individually heat treated and hardened to Rc63. Very few pieces of Akitada Hontanren knives are made each year, and they are highly sought after by professional chefs. A traditional style rustic Japanese Oak handle completes the knife. Akitada Hontanren Chinese Cleavers are sent with a razor sharp edge. Blade length is 210mm, overall length is 325mm and weighing 344 grams.