We are huge fans of the products coming out of the Takayuki blacksmith shop. Their attention to detail and design is a standard others aspire to. The sujihiki
featured here is made by master blacksmith Suogo Yamatsuka. He uses Silver-3 (Gisenko) stainless steel hardened to 60+ HRC as the core of his creations which he then clads in 63 layers of a softer stainless steel to form the damascus pattern.
And what a damascus it is! We think it is one of the finest looking finishes we have ever seen. The subtle frosting and lovely hamon-look combined with the hand etched kanji result in a blade of simple elegance. The highly polished magnolia and buffalo horn handle are of equal quality and aesthetic. Overall, the fit and finish are of the highest standards.
The blade grind is equally impressive. It has a 50/50 edge which is very thin and perfectly ground. There is a distal taper all along the spine which is polished to a high degree. The small machi is also finished to perfection. The shape is pure slicer: long and thin with little belly curve. The blade length is less than advertised at 261mm. It is slightly taller than other sujis at 40mm and about average weight at 5.4oz.
This is a stunning knife at a price which, although not cheap, almost qualifies as a bargain. If you are looking for a fine slicer and a stunning looking knife, you have found your dream tool in the Takayuki Damascus wa-sujihiki.
Blacksmith: Suogo Yamatsuka
Grinder/sharpener: Hirotsugu Tosa
Construction: San Mai, Hammer Forged
Edge Steel: Silver 3
Cladding: Stainless Damascus
Edge Grind: Even
Weight: 5.4 ounces
Blade Length: 261 mm
Overall Length: 415 mm
Spine Thickness at Base: 2.8 mm
Blade Height: 39.2 mm
Handle: Magnolia Wood Octagonal
Ferrule: Buffalo Horn