Talented Custom knifemaker Seizo Imai in Seki, creating fine detailed handmade Replica knives of famous R.W. Loveless, Jess Horn, Centofante, Ron Lake, Remington etc with 45 years of knifemaking experiences and skills.
His detailed and sensitive personal touch of quality custom made knives have been attracting many of serious knife collectors all over the world.
Sadly, Genius Custom Knife Craftsman Mr. Seizo Imai has passed away in the year 2014 at age of 68, after aggressively working to make fine knives for over 50 years. He loved knives and knifemaking.
I have helped his wife to close the workshop, and received some unfinished blades, handles and parts. After six years, I had these components assembled and finished by another Seki Custom Knifemaker, Fumio Inagaki who used to work for Master Imai. Mr. Inagaki recently came up in nice work at reasonable price. Here is the Imai and Inagaki collaboration knives.
SI-19 "LOVELESS Drop Hunter" This is the replica of famous R.W. Loveless Drop Hunter with 4" Satin Brushed RS-30 Hollow ground Drop point blade. The RS-30 is a premium steel of high carbon (1.12) and high Chromium (14.00) with 0.60 Molybdenum and 0.25 Vanadium, and is also called MRS-30. 4-1/4" Hand contoured Ebonywood handle with Satin brushed Nickel silver hilt. Full tapered tang with Nickel silver/Brass rivets and tubular lanyard hole, Comes with Handmade custom Leather sheath with belt loop. 8-1/4" open, This was assembled and finished by Mr. Fumio Inagaki, using Mr. Imai's components (Collaborative work).
For the last 15 pieces, Mr. Inagaki put a composite gemstone spacer between the hilt and handle to enhance total beauty. The spacer comes with 4 different composite gemstones of SI-19A Turquoise, SI-19B Red Coral, SI-19C Pink Coral and SI-19D White Coral.
RS-30 blade in 4.2mm thick, 100mm blade, 210mm overall, Weight 150g
Knife Model: Seizo Imai SI-19 "Loveless Drop Hunter" RS-30 Blade, Ebonywood or Rosewood Handle
Blade Material: RS-30 Hollow grind, Satin Brushed (Hairline finish)
Rockwell Hardness (HRc): 60
Handle Material: Ebonywood with Nickel silver hilt and spacer
Overall Length: 210mm
Blade Length: 100mm
Blade Thickness: 4.2mm
Leather Sheath Included: Yes