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Mr. Katayama apprenticed with the famous Echizen Forge Smith Takeshi Saji for many years. But he now runs his own workshop and is currently trying to make his own unique style of traditional forged knives, using all his passion, skill and experience.
Ever since he started working with Takeshi Saji, he has dreamed of becoming a custom knife maker with a his own unique style and ideas for traditional forged knives. Now, after many years of hard work and studying, his dream is becoming a reality.
Mr. Katayama believes the user’s needs and the user’s experience are very important, so he carefully considers them when he is designing and making his knives.
One of his special skills and great advantages is being able to design and handcraft his own custom handles, all by himself.
We look forward to seeing and introducing more of his distinctive handmade custom knives in the future, as he further develops his own creative ideas and unique style.
YK-3 Custom Utility (Wharncliffe blade) has unique a Grayish VG-10 blade core and outer cladding layers of forge laminated Nickel-Stainless Damascus steel. The shinning white/silver Nickel Steel layers have a vivid, aggressive, yet beautiful appearance. The 3.1' Wharncliffe Blade is versatile utility blade and matching with the hand contoured Desert Ironwood HandleThe knife also features a full tang construction, a stainless steel hilt, rivets and a lanyard hole. A Graysh Color handmade Leather sheath, with belt loop, is also included.
VG-10 Nickel Damascus blade 2.2mm thick, 80mm blade, 202mm overall, Weight 96g
Knife Model: Yuta Katayama YK-3 Custom Utility (Wharncliffe blade)
Blade Material: VG-10 Nickel Damascus
Rockwell Hardness (HRc): 60 to 62
Handle Material: Custom Handmade Desert Ironwood Handle with Stainless Steel Hilt
Sheath: Graysh Color Leather Sheath Included
Overall Length: 202mm
Blade Length: 80mm
Blade Thickness: 2.2mm