Prized for their unique aesthetic, tall profiles and exceptionally thin, light blades, Takeda’s knives have risen to cult status in the Japanese knife world. Mr. Takeda produces these wonderful handcrafted blades from a small workshop in Niimi. Known for his excellent treatment of Aogami Super
steel, this line clads the reactive carbon core with softer stainless steel to enhance ease of maintenance. Done with a beautiful kurouchi finish, these knives are certainly unique in appearance and the provenance is quite unmistakable.
The Takeda Stainless Clad Kiritsuke, like most of Takeda’s knives, is exceptionally tall. As a result, this knife will feel and perform more like a long bunka
. Usually, kiritsukes are known for their aptitude at slicing as well as vegetable work. Because of the height profile here, this knife will be excellent with produce, but won’t be as good for slicing work. The 50/50 grind and edge bevel make this blade suitable for both left and right handed users.
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: 5.8 ounces
Blade Length: 235 mm (9.25")
Overall Length: 375 mm (14.75")
Thickness at Heel: 3.0 mm
Blade Height: 57.2 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.