This Aogami #2 series is handforged at Shiraki Hamono by the super talented blacksmith Nakagawa-san and hand ground and finish sharpened at the Takada no Hamono workshop.
They have fine cutting feel with excellent edge life and edge formation, and represent an exciting new generation of Sakai craftsmen putting out top quality work. We are super excited to be working with Takada no Hamono.
Mitsuaki Takada has spent many years as a grinder in Sakai and specializes in double bevel hamaguri style convex grinding. He worked for Ashi Hamono for many years, and is very skilled at grinding thin double bevel knives with excellent cutting feel.
Takada no Hamono opened in 2018, in the old style of a small wood frame house converted to a workshop. There are dozens of atelier like this in Sakai, but Mitsuaki’s is the first of it’s kind to be opened in many, many decades.
This is a reactive carbon steel. It should be mentioned that extra care is required, as the knife is not stainless and should be dried immediately after use. It will develop a dark patina with usage, but any orange rust should be removed with a light abrasive.
These knifes come from the maker with lacquer on the blade for corrosion protection during shipping. It can be removed using acetone or lacquer thinner (follow manufacturers instructions for use).
Enter "Please remove lacquer" in the +Special Instructions on the Cart page if you would like to have this lacquer removed prior to shipping. This could delay shipping by up to 5 days.