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Story and History of the Japanese Custom Knife Maker "Takayuki Watanabe"
Takayuki Watanabe is 72 years old Custom Knifemaker in Mino, the neighbour city of Seki. He has been involved with knife making at age of 20, helping his father's business of the knife buffing and polishing. He has started making his own custom knives at 32 with a passion and yearning to Bob Loveless. In 1994, he had a chance to visit the Loveless's workshop in Riverside, California to show some of his knives. Bob was surprised with his work of high level craftsmanship, and asked him to stay and work together at his shop.
At that time, there was no name marking on his blades, so Bob has wondered why you don't put your name on such well made knives, and has kindly designed his logo on memo pad with his signature and words of "Vigilant", "Diligent" & "Capable". Upon returning to Japan, he has started engraving this logo. It was an unforgettable moment in his life to be able to meet with Bob Loveless so called "A God of Knife" at his young age.
TW-960 Loveless River Knife is Small Utility knife of 2-5/8" beautifull high-mirror polished ATS-34 hollow ground semi drop point blade. 3-1/2" Hand contoured Burgundy Linen Micarta handle with solid Nickel Silver Hilt and tubler lanyard hole on end, Full tapered tang with 4 Nickel silver pins, Comes with custom fitted Brown leather sheath with Carabineer belt hook
ATS-34 blade in 3.1mm thick, 67mm blade, 154mm overall, Weight 40g
Knife Model: Takayuki Watanabe TW-960 Loveless River Knife
Blade Material: ATS-34 Stainless Steel
Rockwell Hardness (HRc): 60
Handle Material: Hand contoured Burgundy Linen Micarta handle with solid Nickel Silver Hilt and tubler lanyard hole on end
Leather Sheath: Included.
Overall Length: 154mm
Blade Length: 67mm
Blade Thickness: 3.1mm