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Sakai Takayuki is well respected as the largest knife maker in the Sakai Region. In collaboration with Master Itsuo Doi (son of legendary Keijiro Doi) who is a highly skilled blacksmith, they have produced very distinguishable handmade knives out of Aogami #2 (Blue steel) married with an extremely well finished hammered (tsuchime) kurouchi finish.
From the gorgeous cladding to the personalized maker's mark of Itsuo Doi, the Homura Guren series is unique in enough ways that this is a knife your guests will surely notice as being 'differen't then the rest in your collection. The Homura Guren series are very detailed oriented knives, from the beautiful burned (Shou Sugi Ban) Japanese oak lacquered (Urushi) mono handles to the hazy kasumi polish. They even have accentuated angles where you normally don't see them, like the choil and slightly curved heel. To top it all off, the distal taper and Aogami #2 core steel really make these knives excellent performers and workhorses.
• Style : Yanagi Knife
• Length : 300mm (11.8")
• Blade Steel Type : Blue #2 Carbon Steel
• Blade Thickness at Heel: 4.5mm
• Handle material : Urushi Lacquered Oak
• Special Feature: Hammered
• HRC : 64
• Bevel Angle Ratio : Single Bevel - Right Hand
• Weight : 299g