We love the look and we love the name. How can you not smile at a knife called Wavy Face! Thatís what blacksmith Mr. Tanaka calls the hammered cladding on these unique and attractive looking blades.
Katsuto Tanaka is the principal blacksmith responsible for hand-forging these lovely blades. He works in the town of Matsubara, which is located in the city of Omura, Nagasaki Prefecture. The region is well known for its blacksmithing companies and age-old techniques are still being used today in the production of knives and farm tools.
The edge on blue steel is one of the longest lasting of the Hitachi Paper Steels. It is probably the most highly regarded carbon steel in the kitchen knife arena. The core steel is clad with a soft stainless jigane, which is the recipient of a unique hammered finish that is created using a special anvil on the spring hammer that Tanaka-san designed.
This is a great all-around kitchen knife. It has a really nice height-to-length ratio for tackling smaller proteins and vegetables, while the slim tanto-style tip is perfect for getting into hard to reach places and taking on intricate tasks such as garnish preparation.
The blade is attached to a very attractive custom bog oak octagonal handle.
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