Takeda Hamono was founded in 1920 and moved to Niimi, Okayama in Japan in 1951. The third generation of these master blacksmiths, Shosui Takeda, is renowned for his masterful ability in forging blades from the high quality carbon steel, Aogami Super
Steel (AS) from Hitachi Metals, Ltd. Made entirely by hand, Takeda ďASĒ blades have a hardness of 61-63 HRC. Initially after the quenching process, the blades have a hardness 67 HRC, but following two days and two nights of tempering, they are brought down to a more user-friendly hardness of about 62. This results in a blade which is extremely resilient, but easy to sharpen.
Generally speaking, the funayuki blade is more pointed with a flatter belly than you would find on a gyuto
. The pointed tip and slightly smaller blade area make for a lighter and more agile knife. Itís a great all-around knife, especially for those preferring a push/pull cutting action. A lovely rustic kurouchi finish and Stained Maple Octagonal handle complete the package.
Weight: 3.3 ounces
Blade Length: 165 mm - 185 mm
Overall Length: 315 mm (12")
Thickness at Heel: 2.4 mm
Blade Height: 58 mm
Handle: Maple Octagonal Handle
Ferrule: Black Pakkawood
Please note 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.