This is a really interesting and useful knife! Kogatanas are small, handy knives for multi-purpose uses such as cutting and whittling, and some cooks use them as utility knives. This particular one makes a great and unique pocket knife.
The construction is a hammer forged san-mai style cladding of Ginsan steel hagane with a soft stainless steel jigane. The cladding then receives a really great looking pebble finish. Talk about character! The simple oval ho wood handle mates perfectly with the blade and allows the knife to be sold at a super low price.
Ginsan steel is a great alloy for knives, given its highly stainless and tough overall characteristics. It is also known as Silver 3, and is used in many high end knife lines including Suisin, Sukenari, and Konosuke. It’s amazing that the artisans at Okeya can come up with a knife using such high end materials, great looks, and grinds at such bargain prices. We love it, and think you will too.
Blacksmith: Fujiwara San
Location: Miki, Japan
Cutting Edge Length: 61mm
Total Length, Blade Open: 230mm
Total Length, Blade Closed: 140mm
Spine Thickness: 2mm
Blade Height: 25mm
Steel: Ginsan Stainless Steel
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