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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.
This unique traditional forged knife is small in size, but the overall appearance, design and cutting ability have not been compromised.
TA-1 Tiny Traditional 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 2.4 Inch Drop Point Blade and a forged Integral Handle, which is decorated with a matching black Paracord wrap and lanyard. A handcrafted leather sheath, which has a belt loop and a swivel snap hook, is also included with the knife. The sheath will safely hold the entire knife, which can be removed from the sheath using the Paracord lanyard.
Hitachi Shirogami (White Steel No.2 Damascus in 3mm thick, 63mm blade, 143mm overall, Weight 59g
Knife Model: Asanuma TA-1 Tiny Traditional Hunter
Blade Material: White Steel No.2 Layered Damascus with Kurouchi Finish
Rockwell Hardness (HRc.): 60 yo 62
Handle Material: Forged Integral Handle with Paracord Wrap
Leather Sheath: Handmade Leather Sheath with Belt Loop & Swivel Snap Hook
Blade Length: 63mm
Blade Thickness: 3mm