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Takayuki Watanabe is a Custom Knifemaker in Mino, the neighbor city of Seki. He has been involved with knife making at age of 20, by helping his father's work 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 have been able to meet with Bob Loveless so called "A God of Knife" at his young age.
Sadly, Mr. Watanabe has passed away at age of 69. We lost another great knife maker!
TW-950 Loveless City Knife is Wharncliffe blade City knife with Stag handle, 2-1/2" ATS-34 High mirror polished Hollow ground tip down blade, 3-5/8" Hand contoured Genuine Stag handle with solid Nickel silver Hilt with finger notches on front, Full tapered tang with Nickel silver pins and tubular lanyard hole on end, Comes with custom fitted Dark Brown leather sheath
ATS-34 blade in 4.3mm thick, 65mm blade, 155mm overall, Weight 65g
Knife Model: Takayuki Watanabe TW-950 Loveless City Knife
Blade Material: ATS-34 Stainless Steel
Rockwell Hardness (HRc): 60
Handle Material: Hand contoured Genuine Stag handle with solid Nickel silver Hilt with finger notches on front, Full tapered tang with Nickel silver pins and tubular lanyard hole on end
Leather Sheath: Included.
Overall Length: 155mm
Blade Length: 65mm
Blade Thickness: 4.3mm