Kousuke Muneishi is a 3rd generation blacksmith from Tosa Japan which is located a couple hours drive from Hiroshima on the Pacific coast. His grandfather started the Muneishi Cutlery Mfg company in 1955 to produce farming and forestry tools. His son took over management of the business and continues making these specialized cutting tools using mainly Aogami #2 steel.
Now grandson Kousuke has begun making kitchen cutlery to expand the family business and add to his blademaking skills. We are very impressed with these first efforts and have high hopes of a long relationship with this talented young man.
We have named these knives Yusaku and the kanji on the blade reflects this branding. The last character is pronounced Yu, but also can be pronounced as Suke when used in a name. The first kanji is Saku and it means work. So Yu-Saku means the work (or produced by) of Kousuke!
made from Blue #2 steel that is laminated with a soft iron. He uses the san-mai method and leaves the forgerís scale (kurouchi) on the blade face. The grind is very well realized and quite sophisticated. It is thin behind the edge and has a nice profile that will match most kinds of cutting styles.
This knife is fitted with a beautiful custom made handle by one of our team of woodworkers giving it a unique look and long lasting durability.
Blacksmith: Kousuke Muneishi
Construction: Hammer Forged, San Mai
Edge Steel: Blue #2
Cladding: Soft Iron
Handle: Custom Octagonal
Edge: 50/50 (See Choil Shot)
Weight: 7.9 oz/ 224g
Blade Length: 242 mm
Overall Length: 410 mm
Spine Thickness at Heel: 3.3 mm
Blade Height at Heel: 49.6 mm