Our latest blacksmith discovery heralds from the center of blade making in Japan, Sakai City. Located in Osaka Prefecture, on the edge of Osaka Bay, Sakai City sits at the mouth of the Yamato River. Sakai has been one of the largest and most important seaports of Japan since the medieval era. Once known for samurai swords, Sakai is now famous for the quality of its kitchen knives. Most high-quality Japanese cutlery originates in Sakai, and knife production is now the major industry in the city.
Yuzou Tani is a smith who works in Sakai. Mr. Tani was born in 1962, and he has been in this job for 35 years. The company bearing his name was established 50 years ago by his father, who is the 1st generation. Tani-san makes all of his blades by hand and also laminates the steel himself.
The edge steel used by Tani for this beautiful deba is Aogami # 2 high carbon steel which is made by Hitachi Metals. He laminates the inner core with a multi-layer damascus made from a soft iron. The fantastic look of his patterning is reminiscent of bubble wrap. As it is also a reactive cladding, care needs to be taken to clean and dry the blade between uses.
This is a classic deba, so it is single-beveled and is only suitable for right-handed users. This particular knife comes with a custom handle by our woodworker, Isaiah Schroeder. Together with the stunning blade work, this is a knife that truly is functional art.
Blacksmith: Yuzou Tani
Location: Sakai, Japan
Construction: Hammer Forged, Single Bevel
Cladding: Damascus (reactive)
Edge Steel: Blue #2
Weight: 12.7 ounces
Blade Length: 185mm
Blade Height: 57mm
Handle: Custom by Isaiah Schroeder
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