Kenji Togashi started making knives in 1967 and is one of Sakai's master blacksmith. In 1996, he was officially recognized as a "Dentoukougeishi" (Traditional Craftsman) by Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry. And in 2007, the city of Sakai awarded him with the "Master of Traditional Crafts" certification for his excellent quenching technique and outstanding skills in making kitchen knives.
Other master craftsmen with the said certification include Yoshikazu Tanaka, Yoshikazu Ikeda, Shigehiro Kasahara (sharpener), and Hirotsugo Tosa (sharpener), to name a few.
Includes the following: -a certificate -magnolia saya with ebony pin
Total length: 385mm Blade length: 228mm Blade height at heel: 48mm Spine thickness at handle: 2.7mm Spine thickness at heel: 2.5mm Spine thickness at middle: 2.3mm Spine thickness 1cm from the tip: 0.9mm Weight: 214g