The Yusaku Blue #2 Kurouchi Bunka
180mm is made by a young up-and-coming blacksmith we have recently discovered. His name is Kousuke Muneishi and he is a 3rd generation blade maker heralding from Tosa. His grandfather started the Muneishi Cutlery Mfg company in 1955 to produce farming and forestry tools. His father 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 blade-making 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!
is made from Blue #2 steel that is laminated with a soft iron. He uses the san-mai method and applies a very nice kurouchi finish on the blade face. The grind is very well realized and quite sophisticated. It is thin behind the edge and has a nice profile.
Blacksmith: Kousuke Muneishi
Location: Tosa, Japan
Construction: Hammer Forged, San Mai
Edge Steel: Blue #2
Edge Grind: Even
Weight: 5.4 oz (152 g)
Blade Length: 183 mm
Overall Length: 312 mm
Spine Thickness at Heel: 3.3 mm
Blade Height at Heel: 43.8 mm
Handle: Oak Urushi Octagonal
Please note that an epoxy is applied to the top of the handle to protect and secure the blade; this is intentional.