Blacksmith: Nakagawa Satoshi 菊千代
Production area: Sakai-Osaka/ Japan
Profile: Kiritsuke Gyuto
Steel Type: Carbon Steel
Steel: Yasuki Aogami #1, soft damask iron plated
Handle: Ebony and Buffalo Horn
Total length: 342 mm
Edge length: 202 mm
Handle length at tip: 212 mm
Blade height: 48 mm
Thickness: 2 mm
Handle length: 130 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.