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Brand: Manaka Hamono
Knife Type: Gyuto
Blade Grind: Double bevel
Steel type: Aogami#1 core steel with soft iron cladding
Finish: Kurouchi Tsuchime
Blade Length: 225mm
Blade Height from heel: 42mm
Blade Thickness from heel: 2.5mm
The Master Blacksmith of Saitama Prefecture Shunsuke Manaka of Manaka Hamono.
He is the 5th generation blacksmith who have been hand forging blades since 1872. They started forging katana then gradually moved to farming tools and then kitchen knives.
Every piece is painstakingly made by him from scratch with his schedule running 12 hours a day non stop. His knives have a superb fit and finish and thin spine. You can definitely expect high performance and aesthetics with his knives.
He is a very fun guy to be with and have such humor, humility and also respect to his craft. It is my honor to represent his knives here in the western world.