Kitaoka Yanagiba-Kiritsuke (hybrid) 270mm:
This knife is made by Hideo Kitaoka and is one of the few knives I stock that bears the mark of “ Dentokougeshi”
The Dentokougeshi award is a given by the Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry to a craftsman who engages in the production of traditional crafts.
It is not easy to acquire this award and is not accomplished in a short amount of time. There are few that have this award.
It is basically a sign of a skilled craftsman.
If a knife has this mark you can be pretty sure that it is of good quality.
There are many quality craftsmen without this award.
While is mark isn’t too important as there are many talented craftsmen in Japan and also outside of Japan. It is however very interesting.
This knife is made from blue steel #2 and has a beautiful ebony handle.
Steel: Blue (Aogami) #2, Carbon steel Clad
Blade length: 256mm
Blade thickness: 3.55mm
Overall length: 415mm
Blade Height: 36mm
Bevel: Single, Right handed