Here is the type of blacksmith we always love to find. His name is Ueda san and he resides in Yamanashi Pref. Chefknivestogo is the first dealer outside Japan that is currently offering his knives. What I understand is that he was born in Kanagawa Pref ( near Tokyo ) and has moved to the deep countryside to realize his working style. Since I started communicating with him, he told that he built his new workshop by himself and has moved there. He's now set up and is ready to make 4 smaller sizes of kitchen knives.
You can see from the photo that he is using traditional tools including a n old style of wooden fuigo ( bellows ) to blow winds into a furnace when hardening. He is producing every material except steeland is even cutting trees on his property to make charcoal and his original handles. He would like to establish his own style wherever his knives are introduced and sold, namely all knives have his original handles and have one simply designed Kanji character on the left face.
Blacksmith: Mr. Ueda
Construction: Hammer Forged/ San Mai
Edge Steel: Aogami #2 (Blue Paper #2 Steel)
Method: Mr. Ueda inserts the steel himself
Edge Grind: Even
Edge Length: 166mm
Weight: 4.5oz / 128g
Handle: Octagonal Cherry Wood (Made by Mr. Ueda)
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