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Hottest Custom Knife Maker Mr. Itou produced his original custom Damascus blade using special powdered steel R-2 in Rockwell hardness of HR.62
We had so many good words from the users for the extremely sharp cutting and edge retention ability. The secret of this is the finest powdered steel R-2 blade and the repeated hammer forging process.
Another secret is he uses a large water stone wheel in slow rotating to grind his blades, unlike the normal belt sander grinding. This will prevent over-heating the blade to ruin the proper hardness and its chemical characters.
Mr. Itou also sticks to rare and unique natural materials for the handles, sourced from all over the world. Each of his knives comes with hand contoured unique custom handle, that enhances and matches with blade in well balance.
Mr. Itou is now 81 years old, and is slowing down his work for his health problem, but as far as his health condition allows, he said he will continue making only what he really wants to make as a culmination of his long knife making career.
He just came up new "Treasure Hunter Series", that is a very special set of limited edition knives, even amongst Mr. Itou's existing vast collection of unique, high-end custom knives. Mr. Itou has carefully selected some especially distinctive and premium materials for his "Treasure Hunter Series"!
Each one of Mr. Itou’s knives is an unique ‘one-off’, or ‘one-of-a-kind’ knife, that is 100% custom handmade and hammer forged.
ITH-175 "Treasure Hunter Series" Drop-point Hunter features 4-1/2" Drop point R2 powdered steel core forge layered Damascus blade with Gut-hook on back , 4-1/2" Hand contoured Hybrid handle of White pearl resin/Maplewood with Nickel silver Hilt and pins. Full tapered tang with stainless tubular lanyard hole on end, Comes with hand fitted Decorative Leather sheath with belt loop.
112mm blade in 3.4mm thick, 225mm overall, weight 190g
Knife Model: Mr. Itou ITH-175 4-1/2" Drop-point Gut-hook Hunter, Hybrid Handle
Blade Material: R-2 Powdered steel Damascus
Rockwell Hardness (HRc): HRC62
Handle Material: Hybrid handle of White pearl resin/Maplewood with Nickel silver Hilt and pins, tubular lanyard hole on end.
Leather Sheath: Included.
Overall Length: 225mm
Blade Length: 112mm
Blade Thickness: 2.9m