Kitaoka Damascus Yanagiba 210mm White #1. Director: Hideo Kitaoka Traditional Craftsman Born: March 23, 1950
I was born on March 23, 1950. It has been over 30 years since I succeeded our family business of pounding knives. I have been doing my best to learn skills a little bit at a time from watching how my father worked. There has been many times when I felt frustrated, but it is fun and really enjoyable to make 10 or 20 knives with the same shape by pounding a hammer on red-hot iron lump. I think that’s what the mind of craftsman is. Traditional handicraftsmen requires us to acquire one skill at a time and we have to learn it with our hands and body. I have realized how difficult to keep traditional handicraftsmen. I make Deba and Japanese knives mainly, and I would like to try my best to make amazingly sharp and “cut that-makes-you-feel-great” knives as the 3rd generation.
The knives in this section are made with a beautiful damascus cladding with a hard shirogami steel (white #1) core edge. HRC on these knives is 63/64 and they're one of the better quality sushi knives on our site. All of these knives are right handed, single bevel with rosewood octagonal handles. We highly recommend Mr. Kitaoka's knives for anyone making traditional Japanese cuisine.