This water quenched aogami honyaki series is handforged at Shiraki Hamono by the super talented blacksmith Nakagawa-san at Shiraki Hamono and hand ground with a beautiful finish bringing out the more subtle aogami hamon line by Mitsuaki Takada 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. Shiraki Hamono water quenched honyaki is superb, tough, nice to sharpen and with great edge life.
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.