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.
We combined his blade with a sweet custom handle made with stabilized burl wood.
Steel: Blue #2
Finish: Hammered Wavy Face
Knife Type: Bunka
Weight: 7 ounces / 200g
Blade Length: 175mm
Total Length: 330mm
Spine Thickness at Base: 3.3mm
Blade Height: 50 mm
Handle: Custom Stabilized Octagonal
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