Blacksmith: Nakagawa Satoshi 菊千代
Production area: Sakai-Osaka/ Japan
Profile: Kiritsuke Gyuto
Steel Type: Carbon Steel
Steel: Yasuki Aogami #1, Soft Iron Clad
Handle: Ebony and buffalo Horn
Total length: 389 mm
Edge length: 232 mm
Handle length at tip: 245 mm
Blade height: 50 mm
Thickness: 3 mm
Handle length: 138 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.
Myojin is an incredibly talented sharpener and has over 10 years of experience in the knife industry. During this time, he also trained as a blacksmith, which he said helped him better understand sharpening.
The entire cutlery industry in Sakai was very impressed including Morihiro (Sakai’s legendary sharpener) with his talent as a sharpener. His personal will, as well as his incredible constant productivity allows him to improve quickly