For nearly a century, Takeda Hamono has been producing exceptional edge-tools and cutlery. Shosui Takeda, representing the 3rd generation of Takeda blacksmiths, is making some of the most unique performance knives on the market from his small shop in Niimi. The Stainless series employs the same Aogami Super steel found in Takeda’s Classic line. The AS is then clad in soft stainless steel, which makes these knives almost as easy to care for as fully stainless alternatives yet they retain the performance associated with finer grained carbon steels.
This funayuki is an excellent knife for those who enjoy flatter edge profiles. This is another example of a more traditional Japanese pattern rendered with a 50/50 grind and edge by Mr. Takeda. This knife is very thin and the AS has only been taken to 62 HRC which is relatively low for the steel (though quite hard by most objective standards). This treatment enhances the ductility of the knife and durability of the edge. Like all of Takeda’s knives, this funayuki has a wonderful kurouchi finish and is quite tall. The unique geometry of the blade does a wonderful job separating ingredients and the pattern/edge profile of this knife will make it a wonderful option for push/pull cutting and chopping.
Brand: Takeda Hamono
Blacksmith: Shosui Takeda
Location: Niimi, Japan
Construction: San Mai, Hammer Forged
Core Steel: Aogami Super
Handle: Maple Octagonal
Ferrule: Black Pakka Wood
Edge Grind: Even 50/50
Weight: 4.2 ounces
Blade Length: 170 mm - 180 mm (each knife is unique)
Overall Length: 310 mm
Thickness at Heel: 2 mm
Blade Height: 60 mm
Please know 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.
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