Blacksmith: Nakagawa Satoshi 菊千代
Production area: Sakai-Osaka/ Japan
Profile: Kiritsuke Gyuto
Steel Type: Stainless Steel
Steel: Ginsan (Silver #3), soft iron plated
Handle: Ebony Wood and Buffalo Horn
Total length: 412 mm
Edge length: 231 mm
Handle length at tip: 281 mm
Blade height: 43 mm
Thickness: 4 mm
Handle length: 134 mm
Hand orientation: ambidextrous
Shiraki Knives in Sakai City was one of the best blacksmiths in Japan. Kenichi Shiraki was a famous blacksmith who can make number 1 water-soaked Honyaki (Shiroichi Mizu Honyaki) knives out of white steel. It is said that there are only about four blacksmiths who can make these knives in 2021. This skill is required.
Satoshi Nakagawa studied and made knives there for 16 years. He closed the Shiraki knives after Master Shiraki’s retirement and started the Nakagawa knives in April 2021. It can also make Shiroichi Mizu Honyaki knives, single and double bevel knives, and stainless steel and carbon steel knives. This fact means that he is one of the best blacksmiths in Japan. It inherited 600 years of history and tradition of making Sakai cutlery.