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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-200 Loveless Small Game Hunter has Slightly upswept Skinner of 3-1/4" beautifull high-mirror polished 440C hollow ground blade. 4-1/2" Hand contoured Genuine Stag handle with Brass tubelar lanyard hole on end, Full tapered tang with red fiber spacers and two Brass/Stainless Loveless bolts, Comes with custom fitted Brown leather sheath
440C blade in 4.7mm thick, 85mm blade, 200mm overall, Weight 155g
Knife Model: Takayuki Watanabe TW-200 Loveless Small Game Hunter
Blade Material: 440C Stainless Steel
Rockwell Hardness (HRc): 58 to 59
Handle Material: Stag handle with Brass tubelar lanyard hole on end
Leather Sheath: Included.
Overall Length: 200mm
Blade Length: 85mm
Blade Thickness: 4.7mm