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The famous Echizen Forge Smith Takeshi Saji is now 74 years old. During his long career, he has made a great and lasting impact upon the next generation of young Echizen forge smiths and craftsmen.
Master Kazuo Nomura is son of Takeshi Saji who has been devoting his time and life for the traditional knife making and working with Takeshi Saji for over decades. Master Saji's best business partner for over decades. 伝統工芸士 Dentoukougeishi are “Traditional Master Craftsmen” that have been recognized and certified by the Japanese “Ministry of International Trade & Industry”. This prestigious title was awarded to Forge-Master Kazuo Nomura of Takefu City, in the year 2020. Master Nomura is leader and President of reputable and famous traditional knife maker "Saji-Uchihamono (Brand Takehi Saji)"
NK-02 Red Utility Hunter. This unique traditional forged knife is small in size, but the overall appearance, design and cutting ability have not been compromised.
Master Nomura has used Hitachi Shirogami No.2 (White Steel No.2) to make the Layered Damascus blade with Convex Grind. 3.8 Inch Drop Point Blade with hand contoured Red-White Linen Micarta Custom Handmade Handle. A handcrafted leather sheath, which has a swivel snap hook, is also included with the knife.
Hitachi Shirogami (White Steel No.2 Damascus in 3.6mm thick, 98mm blade, 197mm overall, Weight 94g
Knife Model: Kazuo Nomura NK-02 Red Utility Hunter
Blade Material: White Steel No.2 Layered Damascus with Kurouchi Finish
Rockwell Hardness (HRc.): 60 to 62
Handle Material: Red-White Linen Micarta Handle
Leather Sheath: Handmade Leather Sheath with wivel Snap Hook
Blade Length: 98mm
Blade Thickness: 3.6mm