Yoshimitsu Santoku 195mm Tamahagane Blade Knife Octagonal shaped Red Sandal Wood Handle with Magnolia wood cover It is my customer collection selling as consignment on our website. It has never been used, and it looks new condition. Approximately, 6 years ago, he asked me to get this knife. It is special order 195mm blade length and the height is little taller 49mm. I remember what we discussed many times for the dimensions and materials. He did not need Watetsu with Damascus pattern, so it should be normal soft iron, and the core steel is Tamahagane.
It comes with original paper box, and paper work.
Yoshimitsu was established as steel wheel blacksmith in Nagasaki since 1852 The way to acquire high quality steel or lower grade steel in Japan until 1868 before Japan opened the country to Euro countries and United State was to get from Tatara which is burn iron sand in charcoal three days and three nights. Japanese blacksmiths used to use forged iron or steel for the places where need to be hard to wear, so good wheels and hardware had been made by forged iron or steel.
There are two things what very famous about Yoshimitsu which works with five Brothers, and the oldest brother who is over 90 Years old president of Yoshimitsu.
The other thing is what Yoshimitsu makes very famous is what they make own Tamahagane from Iron sand and charcoal burning three days and nights. That is why they can use their knives to Tamahagane.
They make own Hagane and Jigane is used over 200 years old hardware, so they have lots of knowledge and experiences from their works from steel production to the end of process cutlery making.
They also make lots of variety of cutleries. They like to make cutlery for the regional people job demand, such as hatchet, Ax, sickle, etc.
Blade length (from the tip to the heel) is 195mm
Knife total length is 335mm
Knife weight is 4.2oz.
The heel part of the spine width is 3mm wide.
The blade width from the heel to the spine is 49mm wide.
The blade is made of Tamahagane( Hagane) and soft iron cladding (sanmai-uchi) . Yoshimitsu Tamahagane cutlery is very sharp, and supple, and viscosity, and easy to sharpen, because it is pure carbon steel (ideal cutlery is to have very sharp edge, retaining the sharp edge, and easy to sharpen).