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In 2008, some of the knife authorities in Seki formed the "Seki Challengers Knife Club" to train and impart traditional Seki knife making techniques and knowledge to young Seki knife craftsmen. There are now 15 club members, who gather once a month. They all work at Seki knife factories, and are challenged to make their own knives after work and at weekends.
JKD is trying to support and encourage them by introducing their knives for sale. Here are some of the latest knives received:
RITSU MARUYAMA RM-30 "DESK DAGGER"
Mr. Ritsu Maruyama is a talented and aggressive young knife maker working at Hattori Hamono and is an apprentice to the Grand Master Ichiro Hattori. He likes to make tactical knives and he pays attention to the details to ensure a perfect fit and finish. Since his time is limited to after work and weekends, he can only make one or two knives each year. Last year, we introduced his first knife, the Sub-Hilt Fighter and Little Fighter", which quickly sold out. As a knife maker in training, he devotes tremendous time to making each knife, perfecting the finish and ignoring profitability.
This is an elegant Desk Dagger, with a wooden stand, can be used as a letter opener! The 5-1/4" Dagger style blade is made from Satin brushed RWL-34 Powder steel, which is equivalent to ATS-34 (RWL is named after Robert W. Loveless). 4" Pink Ivory Exotic wood handle with Nickel silver hilt and butt. Comes with Wooden stand with Pink Ivory holders (Soft white Deer-skin liners). Gift boxed. A beautiful Art Knife piece for your desk!
RWK-34 blade: 5.1mm thick, 140mm blade, 250mm overall, weight 115g
Knife Model: Ritsu Maruyama RM-30 Desk Dagger
Blade Material: RWL-34 Hollow ground Dagger style blade
Rockwell Hardness (HRc): 60-62
Handle Material: Pink Ivory with Nickel silver Hilt and Butt
Overall Length: 250mm (10 inches)
Blade Length: 140mm (5 ½ inches)
Blade Thickness: 5.1mm (3/16 inch approximately)
Weight: 115g (4oz)