Hottest Custom Knife Maker Mr. Itou produced his original custom Damascus blade using special powdered steel R-2.
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 hammering forging process.
Another secret is he uses a large water stone wheel with 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 stick 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.
Mr. Itou becomes 80 years old in 2022. In late 2020, we have introduced his last batch and announced he might retire from knife making for his age and health condition. However, the good news is he will slow down and continue to make some knives as long as his health condition and knife-making passion allows. It is like his lifetime hobby!
As the matter of fact, Mr. Itou brought us some new knives on the year-end, that was a big X-mas present for us, because the last batch was almost sold out and we were regretting to miss Mr. Itou knives from JKD collection. However, he told us the quantity he can possibly make would be 50 knives in a year at the most, maybe less, and asked us to increase the price. It is a big increase, but we have no way to refuse it (better than nothing and it means appreciation of the value for those who bought in the past). He also explained the material costs (blade steel, handle etc) have been raised in these years. We can well understand his skills and time-consuming process in the limited time and capacity, and respect his work and value.
Anyways, we are proud to be able to continue to offer his limited knife in 2022.
IT-120 Utility Hunter features 4" Drop point R2 Damascus blade, 4-1/2" Hand contoured Exotic handle with Nickel silver Hilt and Rivets. Full tapered tang with stainless tubular lanyard hole on end, Comes with hand fitted Leather sheath with belt loop.
100mm blade in 2.6mm thick, 217mm overall, weight 140g
Available with three different handles
IT-120A Desert Ironwood handle
IT-120B Maple wood handle
IT-120C Quince Burl wood handle (This has 4-1/4" blade and Decorative leather sheath)
Knife Model: Mr. Itou IT-120 4" Utility Drop Point Hunter
Blade Material: R-2 Custom Damascus
Rockwell Hardness (HRc): HRC62
Handle Material: Desert Ironwood, Maple or Quince Burl wood handle with Nickel silver Hilt and Rivets, tubular lanyard hole on end.
Leather Sheath: Included.
Overall Length: 217mm
Blade Length: 100mm
Blade Thickness: 2.6mm