Using traditional Samurai forging techniques since the 14th century the city of Seki is the birthplace of the Miyabi brand, taking 100 steps and 42 days to create each blade. The manufacturing techniques employed produce knives with durable and precise cutting edges which is the foundation of the Miyabi brand. The Miyabi 5000FCD 13cm Shotoh Knife has a plain edge and this is the mid-sized Shotoh within the 5000FCD range. The octagonal pakka wood handle gives a well balanced and comfortable grip with a wonderful mosaic pin providing a wonderfully aesthetic finish to a beautifully crafted blade. The Ice- hardened FC61 steel used for the FRIODUR blade of the Shotoh is wrapped in 48 layers of steel to create a Damascus design. Honed on both sides using the Honbazuke technique making it ideal as a multi-purpose blade. Shotoh is comparatively a mid-sized paring knife which makes it perfect for smaller cuts of meat, fish, vegetables and fruit. A perfect blade and size to begin your journey in the world of Japanese knives.