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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-800 Loveless Field & Stream Stag handled Compact and Practical Drop point Hunter, 3-1/2" beautifull high-mirror polished ATS-34 hollow ground drop point utility blade. 4" Hand contoured Genuine Stag handle with Nickel silver hilt, Full tapered tang with Nickel silver Loveless bolts and tubelar lanyard hold on end, Comes with custom fitted Brown tubelar leather sheath
ATS-34 blade in 4.5mm thick, 88mm blade, 187mm overall, Weight 110g
Knife Model: Takayuki Watanabe TW-800 Loveless Field & Stream
Blade Material: ATS-34 Stainless Steel
Rockwell Hardness (HRc): 60
Handle Material: Hand contoured Genuine Stag handle with Nickel silver hilt
Leather Sheath: Included.
Overall Length: 187mm
Blade Length: 88mm
Blade Thickness: 4.5mm