Katsuto Tanaka is the principal blacksmith responsible for hand-forging these lovely Matsubara blades. He works in his shop located in the town of Matsubara, in the city of Omura, Nagasaki Prefecture. The region has a rich tradition of blacksmithing that goes back many centuries. Those techniques are still being used today in the production of knives and farm tools.
Tanaka-san forges these blades from Aogami #2 steel, which is clad with a soft stainless jigane. The cladding is the recipient of a unique hammered finish which is created using a special anvil on the spring hammer that Tanaka-san has designed. This outer layer adds strength and shock resistance to the inner core while decreasing the amount of maintenance required by an all carbon blade.
The blade length is 180mm, which is on the longer side of the santoku scale, with a nicely proportioned height of 51mm. It has a robust spine thickness of 3.3mm which tapers to a very nicely created tip and an edge that is quite thin, befitting a santoku and its versatile nature.
We combined his blade with a sweet custom handle that our friend Isaiah Schroeder made using 5,000-year-old, stabilized bog oak with a nice maple spacer and blackwood ferrule. It's a perfect combination and one of the nicer knives we've done this year, especially at this price point.
Steel: Blue #2
Finish: Hammered Wavy Face
Knife Type: Santoku
Weight: 6.2 ounces
Blade Length: 172mm
Total Length: 322mm
Spine Thickness at Base: 3.3mm
Blade Height: 50 mm
Handle: Custom Stabilized Octagonal
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