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Kitaoka Blue #2 Deba 165mm
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Kitaoka Blue #2 Deba 165mm

Item #: KitaokaAO-Deba165

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Our Price: $170.00
CKTG Deba Saya 165mm
Hideo Kitaoka has been making knife blades for over 30 years. Over these years he has honed his craft by concentrating on perfecting his skills making just a few knife styles employing just a couple of steel types. His knives of choice are all traditional blade designs featuring a single bevel. His Deba knives are among his most prized and appreciated.

The Kitaoka 165mm Deba Blue #2 is a perfect example of this dedication to his art. Fashioned in the traditional steel jacketed ‘awase’ way, these blades consist of a core ‘hagane’ steel for the cutting edge and a ‘jigane’ of soft iron for the spine and upper blade body. The hagane steel used here is Blue #2.

Blue #2 steel is made by Hitachi and sometimes called Blue Paper #2 since the steel is wrapped in blue paper when it’s sent to blacksmiths. This steel is highly regarded by blade makers and knife users. The alloy is made from Japanese pure sand irons. It has 1.10 ~1.20 high carbon with 0.20 ~0.50 Chromium and 1.00 ~1.50 Tungsten. It is manufactured at Hitachi’s Yasugi plant in Shimane Prefecture.

Aogami Blue #2 outperforms Shirogami (White Steel) in a couple of ways. Notably, better edge retention and an ability to take a more acute edge geometry. Kitaoka-san tempers his Blue Steel to an HRC of 62-63 which we think is a sweet spot for this alloy. This beautifully finished, strong blade is fitted with a nice, rosewood oval handle.

  • Maker: Kitaoka
  • Steel: Blue #2
  • HRC: 62-63
  • Handle: Rosewood Octagonal
  • Ferrule: Black Pakkawood
  • Finish: Satin
  • Weight: 9.2oz
  • Blade length: 170mm
  • Total length: 309mm
  • Spine thickness at base: 7.96mm
  • Blade height: 50.85mm
  • Please note: We are only shipping Kitaoka knives in the USA

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      Deba Knife, December 23, 2019
    Posted By: Dennis - verified customer

    Very nice knife,Very sharp right out of the box

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      Excellent deba, December 22, 2018
    Posted By: Elaine

    My first deba and I'm very happy with it. Comes pretty sharp out of the box, has a good weight, and the size is just right.

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      First deba. Very impressed., June 9, 2018
    Posted By: Devin

    Very nice piece of cutlery. After breaking fish with a sujihiki for so long, this was a real treat. Came pretty sharp out of the box, but after some work it gets screaming sharp, and given the steel, I'd have to assume it stays that way. It's only seen about 15 snapper, but it's held its edge. It takes a patina quicker than most blue

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