Shosui Takeda is a third-generation master blacksmith who was born and raised in Niimi, Okayama in Japan. After Shosui graduated from university he went to work in Tokyo. He later returned to his hometown of Niimi to succeed his father as Master Blacksmith for Takeda Hamono. Since 1985 he has strived and studied to produce the very best hand-forged blades and tools. We believe his hard work has paid off.
The Classic Banno Petit falls in the middle of petty knife sizes, which usually range from 120mm to 160mm. These knives are made completely by hand and use Aogami Super
Steel as their center core. The blade is then clad with a softer carbon steel with a rustic yet beautiful kurouchi finish.
Even though this is a mid-size blade there is nothing mid-weight about it. This is an extremely light knife, which when combined with its super thin geometry, makes for a fast and precise cutter that might just become your go-to blade for all but the largest jobs around the kitchen.
The Takeda Classic Petit, like the other knives in the line, takes an edge easily and maintains it through the longest sessions.
Please note that all measurements are approximations! Takeda-san and his helpers make each of these knives by hand, without a template. As a result, every knife is unique and the stats will vary.