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Itsuo Doi Blue #2 Deba 180mm Ebony
Itsuo Doi Blue #2 Deba 180mm Ebony Itsuo Doi Blue #2 Deba 180mm EbonyItsuo Doi Blue #2 Deba 180mm Ebony
Itsuo Doi Blue #2 Deba 180mm Ebony Itsuo Doi Blue #2 Deba 180mm EbonyItsuo Doi Blue #2 Deba 180mm Ebony

Itsuo Doi Blue #2 Deba 180mm Ebony

Item #: 1237

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(5 out of 5 based on 4 reviews)

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Our Price: $500.00
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Itsuo Doi lives and works in Sakai, Japan, which is located about 45 minutes south of Osaka.

He worked along side his father for almost 50 years and their shop has produced blades for chefs and collectors worldwide. Doi's father gained acclaim through his perfection of a very difficult low temperature forging technique known as ‘yakidoshi’ and is a pioneer of forging Ao-ko No.2 (Blue Steel), which was previously thought to be impossible.

This is a really nice example of Doi's work. The 180mm deba with yasuki blue #2 steel has a very nice upgraded ebony handle with buffalo horn ferrule. These knives are primarily used like cleavers for removing fins and tails of fish as well as fillet work. They can also be used for chopping vegetables and cutting up poultry.

The blade is very thick at 7.6mm at the heel and weighs in at an impressive 12 ounces. The blue Aogami #2 steel is clad on the front side with a soft iron layer. Of course, it is a reactive blade so it needs care and attention to keep it dry. The back side is slightly concave (ura-suki). The front side has a single grind from the shinogi line to the edge. The finish is exemplary and the look is enhanced with some fine chiseled kanji script on the front.

This is a stunning knife and one of the last of the breed. If you have ever wanted a knife with true “soul” the Doi Blue #2 Deba is one such blade.

  • Weight: 12 ounces
  • Blade Length: 180 mm (7")
  • Overall Length: 335 mm
  • Spine Thickness at Base: 7.6 mm
  • Blade Height: 55 mm

  • Customer Reviews

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    5  The Knive, May 15, 2017
    Posted By: Tomislav Cukman - verified customer

    Beautiful knive. When you hold this you understand why it cost as much as it does.Great fit and finish. Easy to sharpen and great performer. Everything you expect and more.

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    5  This is a real laser!, July 6, 2016
    Posted By: Ray Masters - verified customer

    So is this a knife or a work of art...or both? Obviously it's both. Boy is this thing built. It is easily the heaviest blade I have ever used relative to it's size. But it's a deba so it should be stout. Out of the box the edge was OK...but given some time on the stones it came to life. I cannot believe a blade this chunky can perform with such delicacy. I cut up some pretty big fish sometimes and it holds its edge time after time.As for the construction. This is hands down the most beautiful knife I own. The fit and finish are absolutely perfect. The handle is a thing of beauty. These are rare blades made more so due to Mr. Doi's retirement. I intend to purchase another variety as soon as I get the chance.

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    5  Product Review, March 24, 2013
    Posted By: GRraff - verified customer

    This knife is beautiful to look at and when I took it from the box, that is really all it was. The edge seemed sharp, but quickly died. It took a lot of work to get the edge in good shape, but now it is amazing. Scary sharp and it holds its edge extremely well. Even splitting fish heads on an almost daily basis, it only requires touch ups and not full on daily sharpening. Highly recommended.

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    5  Product Review, August 29, 2012
    Posted By: By - verified customer

    This is a stunning blade. You get a LOT of steel when you buy this. Worth far more the advertised price in my opinion. I have seen many deba knives and was waiting until what was I felt was the right one was available. Nothing comes close to this. Very happy to have another Doi blade- one of the finest blacksmiths of our time.

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