Hand forged iron and mild steel suminagashi clad aogami 2 ko-deba with horn ferruled ho handle. Blade is 110 mm along cutting edge, tapering from 6mm thick 39mm tall at heel and weighs 132 grams.
Yoshikazu Ikeda is one of the finest smiths in Sakai. We hesitate to use superlatives like ‘best’ or ‘finest’, as they can become easily meaningless if overused. Ikeda-san has been making knives and swords for over 40 years since his early 20's. Ikeda-san became officially recognized as a ‘dentoukougeishi’, a traditional craftsman officially recognized by the Japanese government. Since 2001 he has been the chairman of the association of dentoukougeishi. He forges knives for a select few brands as their top-shelf knives, and we are honored to be able to get them in our shop made-to-order for us.