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Talented Custom knifemaker, Master Seizo Imai in Seki has been 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 8 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 are the Imai and Inagaki collaboration knives.
SI-17 "GERBER Folding Hunter" Backlock Folder, This is the replica of famous Legendary Gerber Folding Hunter with 3-3/4" Satin Brushed solid VG-10 or VG-10 Damascus Spear point blade, 5" Hand contoured Walnut or Ebony wood handle with Finger groove, Brass liners and 420J2 Locking bar, 8-7/8" open, This was assembled and finished by Mr. Fumio Inagaki, using Mr. Imai's components (Collaborative work).
VG-10 or VG-10 Damascus blade in 2.5mm thick, 98mm blade, 228mm in open, Weight 190g
Knife Model: Seizo Imai SI-17 "Gerber Folding Hunter" Lockback Folder, VG-10 or VG-10 Damascus Blade, Walnut or Ebony wood Handle
Blade Material: Solid VG-10 or VG-10 Damascus
Rockwell Hardness (HRc): 60
Handle Material: Walnut or Ebony wood
Overall Length: 228mm
Blade Length: 98mm
Blade Thickness: 2.5mm
Leather Sheath Included: No