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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.
In recent years, a large number of young forge smiths and craftsmen have decided to work as knife makers in Echizen City (Takefu City), Fukui Prefecture. Many of them were attracted to Echizen because of the "Takefu Knife Village" cooperative, which was founded by Master Saji and several other veteran knife makers to train and support the next generation of forge smiths and craftsmen. We believe the soul, spirit and skills of these experienced forge smiths and craftsmen will continue to be handed down to these future generations of craftspeople over the coming decades, so a wide selection of unique and attractive traditional Echizen forged knives should be available for many years to come.
Recently, at the Seki Outdoor Knife Show, we met a passionate young forge smith called Mr. Asanuma, who is one of Master Takeshi Saji’s apprentices.
TA-2 White Cyclone Hunter. Just like Takeshi Saji’s traditional forged knives, Mr. Asanuma has used Hitachi Shirogami No.2 (White Steel No.2) to make the Layered Damascus blade, which has a Kurouchi ("Black forged") finish. The knife has a 4.4 Inch Drop Point Blade comes with good contrast color "White Acrylic" hand contoured Custom Handmade Handle with Nickel Silver Hilt. A handcrafted graysh leather sheath, which has a belt loop is also included with the knife.
Hitachi Shirogami White Steel No.2 Damascus in 3mm thick, 114mm blade, 237mm overall, Weight 184g
Knife Model: Asanuma TA-2 White Cyclone Hunter
Blade Material: White Steel No.2 Layered Damascus with Kurouchi Finish
Rockwell Hardness (HRc.): 60 yo 62
Handle Material:Custom Handmade White Acrylic Handle with Nickel Silver Hilt
Leather Sheath: Handmade Graysh Leather Sheath with Belt Loop
Blade Length: 114mm
Blade Thickness: 3mm