Manaka Hamono, located in Saitama, Japan, has been in the knife-making business since 1872.
Kisuke Manaka is the 5th generation. He is completely self-taught. With nothing but a small forge full of blacksmithing equipments and books on knife-making, Manaka-san started to teach himself how to make knives from scratch: from forge-welding to heat treatment to finishing.
Unlike other makers, Manaka-san forge-welds his own steel which is not an easy task (most blacksmiths buy pre-laminated steel). Everything is basically done in-house.
Manaka-san considers Tsukasa Hinoura-san as his mentor.
Total length: 378mm Blade length: 218mm Blade height at heel: 47.2mm Spine thickness at handle: 4.6mm Spine thickness at heel: 3.2mm Spine thickness at middle: 2.0mm Spine thickness 1cm from the tip: 1.9mm Weight: 196g
Edge/bevel: 50:50 Handle: octagonal rosewood Ferrule: black pakkawood Hand orientation: ambidextrous HRC: 63
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