Kageura-San was born in 1941, he is a 25th generation blacksmith. Starting blacksmithing at 16 years old, he has over 65 years experience. He has since retired and every once in awhile he gets the itch to make a couple blades. He was the local blacksmith for Yusuhara and has always made kitchen knives and hunting knives.
His Damascus knives are very unique and all hand made. He only uses recycled materials for his Damascus cladding. He will often take a railroad tie, some copper, wire, and or a shovel get them pounded into billets and forge weld them together. He then folds and folds and folds to get the desired layers.
The benefit of making Damascus this way besides being incredibly hard and forge welds failing often, when done correctly the patterns in the Damascus have many different colors and will oxidize different colors.
We are super lucky to have the opportunity to get this knife of the probable 3 or 4 he made all year.
Length - 492 mm (19.3 in.)
Weight - 162 g (5.7 oz)
Edge Length - 329 mm (12.9 in.)
Heel Height - 44 mm
Steel Type - Aogami (Blue) #2
HRC - 61 - 63
Cladding - Damascus
Bevel - Single Bevel
Handle - Spalted Tamarind, Zebrawood, Hawaiian Silkwood Custom Octagonal
(Custom handles often have inclusions or small imperfections. We make sure every handle is structurally sound before install. All of our handles are handcrafted)
Please do not cut frozen foods or bones with these knives.
Always wash with a cloth and warm soapy water and dry after use