Brand: Takada no Hamono – ノ – モ ノ
Blacksmith: Tanaka 田中 打 刃 物 製作 所
Production area: Sakai-Osaka / Japan
Size: 270 mm
Type of steel: carbon steel
Steel: Yasuki White (Shirogami) # 2, covered with soft iron
Handle: Ho Wood and Buffalo Horn Octagonal Ferrule
Total length: 425 mm
Length of edge: 260 mm
Length of handle at tip: 272 mm
Blade height: 39 mm
Thick: 2.6 mm
Length of handle: 151 mm
Hand orientation: ambidextrous
Grinder: Mitsuaki Takada
Considered one of the best blacksmiths in the region, Yoshikazu Tanaka has been a blacksmith for more than half a century. He now works with his son and an apprentice. He is a traditionalist, but he is always looking to improve his process and his skills. He uses the traditional method of soaking with pine charcoal and then uses straw ash. It’s a very old way of making knives. He does not use a thermometer for soaking, he manually calculates the temperature of the steel by examining its color. Tanaka-san is always looking to improve. It uses a temperature-controlled oven for soaking, which only a few blacksmiths in the area use. He and his team only forge 30 knives a day between the three of them. For reference, some blacksmiths forge up to 100 blades in a single day. The reason he forged only thirty of them is that he takes his time, forging carefully at very low temperatures. At low temperatures, steel does not stretch as fast, but it will retain much better steel granulometry. Stretching the granulometry will make the steel britter, which it strives to avoid. It frequently moves the steel inside and outside the oven to check the color, and then when the whole blade is of a specific shade of color, it soaks the steel in water. The water temple (Mizu) is the most difficult to achieve and requires a very careful handling.
Takada no Hamono
Mitsaki Takada is a knife maker in Sakai, he worked for Ashi Hamono since 2004 before founding TAKADA no HAMONO in 2018. He is versatile and has great expertise in Hamaguri-style convex sharpening. Its polishing technique is innovative and unique. The brand concept is multidimensional. This is expressed through its choice of logos that resembles the sun or a star. He is passionate about creating pieces that make those around them happy. With this multi-sided philosophy of the mind, he focuses not only on the manufacture of the blade (forging and sharpening), but also on the cabinetry and crafting of leather. Mitsuaki Takada believes that detail is life! His love of crafting and making kitchen knives is evident, and this by paying attention to the smallest details.
These knives have a fine cut feel and its sharpness has an excellent lifespan. They represent an exciting new generation of Sakai craftsmen producing high-quality work. I am extremely fortunate to work with Takada no Hamono and represent this company in Montreal.