Matsubara knives have been hand-forged following the same tradition and techniques used for more than 500 years. The inventor of the Matsubara blade-making technique was a blacksmith who forged Japanese swords in the Matsubara area of Omura. These knives have a good reputation for their sharpness and durability.
Matsubara hamono is led by master blacksmith Katsuto Tanaka. He has been making knives for over 40 years. In 1991, he was officially recognized as a "Dentoukougeishi" (Traditional Craftsman) by the Nagasaki Prefectural Government. Tanaka-san specializes in aogami#2, shirogami#1, and ginsan steel.
This particular bunka has a core steel of shirogami#1. Compared to shirogami#2, #1 has a much higher carbon content leading to higher hardness and better edge retention.
Construction type: warikomi | iron clad Steel category: carbon Steel type: shirogami #1 (white #1)
Total length: 315mm Blade length: 180mm Blade height at heel: 54.7mm Spine thickness at handle: 3.7mm Spine thickness at heel: 2.9mm Spine thickness at middle: 1.6mm Spine thickness 1cm from the tip: 0.9mm Weight: 164g
Edge/bevel: 50:50 Handle: octagonal rosewood Hand orientation: ambidextrous
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