New Jersey Steel Baron is proud to announce that we are now the distributor for Hitachi metals for the western hemisphere. We excited to be able to maintain an inventory of these quality Japanese made alloys as long as supply and production will allow.
Our first parcels of Shirogami (White Paper #1) and Aogami (Blue Paper #1) have arrived. This first stock run is all meant to finish at 3/8” and ¼” thicknesses coming in at .305 and .430 oversized thickness respectively.
Both the Aogami and Shirogami will be offered in sheets at 6.125” x 36” lengths. In the interest of inventory management we will be offering two ways to purchase these alloys.
Shirogami, or White Paper#1, is an excellent forging steel especially due to it’s purity and lack of chromium or tungsten as found in the Blue Paper steels from Hitachi. Also known as Ao-Ko or Ao-ichi-ko, it carries as much carbon as Blue Paper #1 (1.3%-1.4% C) just without the additional fanfare making it one of the purest carbon steels on the market. Just like with other Hitachi Paper steels it is excellent for forged cutlery and tools of all types.