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Story and History of the Japanese Custom Knife Maker "Takayuki Watanabe"
Takayuki Watanabe is 72 years old Custom Knifemaker in Mino, the neighbour city of Seki. He has been involved with knife making at age of 20, helping his father's business of the knife buffing and polishing. He has started making his own custom knives at 32 with a passion and yearning to Bob Loveless. In 1994, he had a chance to visit the Loveless's workshop in Riverside, California to show some of his knives. Bob was surprised with his work of high level craftsmanship, and asked him to stay and work together at his shop.
At that time, there was no name marking on his blades, so Bob has wondered why you don't put your name on such well made knives, and has kindly designed his logo on memo pad with his signature and words of "Vigilant", "Diligent" & "Capable". Upon returning to Japan, he has started engraving this logo. It was an unforgettable moment in his life to be able to meet with Bob Loveless so called "A God of Knife" at his young age.
TW-120 Loveless "Hide Out" Another Double Edged Boot Knife called "Hide Out", 4-3/16" ATS-34 High mirror polished Hollow ground sharp point Double Edge blade (back side is not sharpened), 4-3/4" Hand rounded Rare Black Canvas Micarta handle with Nickel silver Loveless bolsts, Tapered full tang with Nickel silver tubelar lanyard hole, Comes with custom fitted Brown leather sheath
ATS-34 blade in 5.5mm thick, 107mm blade, 228mm overall, Weight 160g
Knife Model: Takayuki Watanabe TW-120 Loveless "Hide Out"
Blade Material: ATS-34 Stainless Steel
Rockwell Hardness (HRc): 60
Handle Material: Hand rounded Rare Black Canvas Micarta handle with Nickel silver Loveless bolsts, Tapered full tang with Nickel silver tubelar lanyard hole
Leather Sheath: Included.
Overall Length: 228mm
Blade Length: 107mm
Blade Thickness: 5.5mm