This Takeda Sujihiki (Shosui calls it a Yanagiba but it's 2 sided) measures aproximately 245mm on the blade but can vary slightly since each is hand hammered and forged. The suji is a slicing knife that can be used for sushi or carving roasts. The blade is Aogami Super Steel (AS) which is a high-carbon steel alloy with vanadium. The knife comes with an octagonal, rosewood handle.
Takeda Blacksmith was founded in 1920 and moved to Niimi in 1951 and produce hand-forged blades and tools such as kitchen knives, hoes, hatchets, etc. The third generation master blacksmith, Shosui Takeda has succeeded in forging blades from the high quality carbon steel, Aogami Super Steel (AS). The blades consist of "AS", forged in its entirety by hand, as it has been done for generations. Each blade holds its edge extraordinarily well and resharpens easily. All his knives have 50/50 edges and octagonal handles so they are good for either right handed or left handed users.