Steel type: Aogami#2 core steel with soft iron cladding
Finish: Kurouchi Tsuchime Kasumi
Blade Length: 210mm
Blade Height from heel: 45
Blade Thickness from heel: 2.5mm; 1.5mm middle, 1mm an inch from the tip
Handle: Box Elder and Maple ferrule
The Master Blacksmith of Saitama Prefecture Shunsuke Manaka of Manaka Hamono.
He is the 5th generation from the group of blacksmiths who have been hand forging blades since 1872. They started forging katana then gradually moved to farming tools and 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 be the first one to represent his knives here in the western world.