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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:
Mr. Seiji Yanagiba recently become 60 years old, for many decades, he has worked hard as a knife craftsman in Seki City. During this time, he has worked for several of Seki City’s famous knife manufacturers and kitchen knife manufacturers and gained a lot of knife making knowledge, experience and skills.
He has a passion for custom knife making and he often attends Japanese Custom Knife Shows, always trying to learn as much as possible from the other veteran custom knife makers. Mr. Yanagida spends most of his spare time making custom knives. Through his continued efforts and attempts, he has steadily improved his skills and techniques and his custom knives now reflect his own unique character and sense of style.
YS-5 Custom Higonokami Folder ("Hand sculpted" Desert Ironwood Handle)
Hand polished, 2.7’ (71mm) VG-10 Damascus Clip Point Blade. Custom handcrafted, 4’ (102mm) "Hand sculpted" Desert Ironwood Handle. Comes with a custom handmade Brown Leather Slipcase / Sheath.
VG-10 Damascus blade: 2.4mm thick (3/32 inch), 71mm (2-¾ inch) blade, 173mm (6-¾ inch) overall, Weight 35g (1.23 oz)
Knife Model: Seiji Yanagiba YS-5 Custom Higonokami Folder
Blade Material: VG-10 Damascus stainless steel
Rockwell Hardness (HRc): 59 to 60
Handle Material: "Hand sculpted" Desert Ironwood Handle
Overall Length: 173mm
Blade Length: 71mm
Blade Thickness: 2.4mm