Brand: Takeda 武田刃物工場
Blacksmith: Shosui Takeda 武田 松水
Production area: Niimi-Okayama/ Japan
Size: 180 mm
Steel Type: Carbon Steel
Steel: Hitachi Blue Super (Aogami), Stainless Cladd
Handle: Maple Wood and Pakka Ring
Total length: 305 mm
Edge length: 172 mm
Neck length at tip: 177 mm
Blade height: 46 mm
Thickness: 4.9 mm
Handle length: 128 mm
Hand orientation: Ambidextrous
Takeda Hamono is a small blacksmith’s shop founded in 1920. Shosui Takeda’s father moved to Niimi in 1951 and made hand-forged blades and tools such as kitchen knives, hoes, axes, etc. Master blacksmith Shosui Takeda managed to forge high-quality Aogami Super carbon steel blades. These are iconic blades that have been sold worldwide to knife enthusiasts and professionals looking for high-performance cutting tools. The blades are made up of “AS”, forged in their entirety by hand, as has been done for generations.
Takeda san worked to perfect one of the most difficult steels to forge for a blacksmith. Hitachi Blue Super steel has one of the best edge retentions of any steel. Takeda is considered one of the few knife manufacturers to master this material and continues to progress.