This is not a prison shank. It's called a kogatana which loosely translates to "little knife." We have a thing for fun and functional knives that scream personality, and the Okeya Kuri Kogatana ranks right up there with the best of them.
These knives are used as general purpose utility knives for working people on the go that need a blade for work or recreation. The construction is a hammer forged san-mai style cladding of Shirogami 2 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 encluded saya for a mini katana sword-like feel at a super low price.
Itís amazing that the artisans at Okeya can come up with a knife using such high end materials, great looks, and grinds at such a bargain price. We love it, and think you will too.
Location: Miki, Japan
Construction: Hammer Forged, San Mai
Steel: White #2 (Shirogami 2)
Type: Kori Kogatana
Edge Length: 120mm
Grind: Traditional Single Bevel (See Photo)
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