We love to see makers render honesukis with 50/50 grinds (making them suitable for both lefties and righties), as is the case with this Takeda AS Stainless clad iteration. A 3rd generation blacksmith, Mr. Takeda produces his iconic knives from a small workshop in Niimi. Prized for the excellent treatment of Aogami Super steel which is found at the core of the knives, and for the unique aesthetic imparted to the blades, Takedaís offerings have achieved cult status in the performance knife world and we are very excited to offer his Stainless clad line.
This 160mm honesuki is relatively thick and stiff by Takeda standards, which adds additional confidence and maneuverability when breaking down poultry. The kurouchi finish on this knife is smoother than what is found on Takedaís Classic line yet is able to retain the same unique aesthetic appeal. The handle is octagonal rosewood with a pakka wood ferrule. This is a well-crafted, unique ambidextrous knife that we highly recommend.
Brand: Takeda Hamono
Blacksmith: Shosui Takeda
Location: Niimi Japan
Construction: San Mai, Hammer Forged
Core Steel: Aogami Super
Handle: Rosewood Octagonal
Ferrule: Black Pakka Wood
Edge Grind: Even 50/50
Weight: 5.8 ounces
Blade Length: 160 mm (6.25")
Overall Length: 290 mm (11.5")
Thickness at Heel: 4.6 mm
Blade Height: 46.9 mm
Double beveled 50/50 edge grind
Please know that all measurements are approximations! Takeda-san and his helpers make each of these knives by hand, without a template. As a result, every knife is unique and the stats will vary.
5Product Review, September 15, 2014
Posted By: Ed H - verified customer
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