Michio Ishikawa is a 4th generation blacksmith working for Nakaniida Traditional Blades, which is located in the Miyagi Prefecture. Ishikawa-san makes this knife from Shirogami #2 carbon steel with a soft iron cladding. The Nakaniida process involves 28 steps and is notable in that the blade is hardened 3 times. This entire process is carried out by Mr. Ishikawa himself. Unfortunately, when Ishikawa-san retires, the process will retire with him as he has no apprentice. So no more Nakaniidas, unless someone quickly takes up the mantle.
This gyuto is a single bevel knife it is most suitable for right-handed users. The blade is matched to a lovely custom urushi octagonal handle that contrasts nicely with the rustic, hand made blade.
Blacksmith: Mr. Ishikawa
Construction: Hammer Forged, Single Bevel
Edge Steel: White #2
Cladding: Soft Iron
Knife Type: Gyuto
Weight: 6.2oz / 178g
Blade Length: 215 mm
Overall Length: 368 mm
Spine Thickness at Heel: 4.7 mm
Blade Height at Spine: 48.5 mm
Handle: Custom Octagonal
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