Just in, Unhandled Yoshikazu Ikeda 210mm gyuto in aogami #1 with iron suminigashi cladding, unhandled $515 (handled in ebony/horn $645) on bernalcutlery.com
126 grams 223mm tip to heel, blade tapering from 3.5mm at machi, 322mm overall with 108mm tang.
From Sakai-City, Osaka, Yoshikazu Ikeda's aogami #1 (blue steel #1) knives sharpen very easily and to a superb edge; one of the finest for aogami that we have had the pleasure of sharpening. The cladding is an iron and mild steel hand-forged in a suminagashi, or 'floating ink' pattern. Each knife is unique in this way. They are ideal for the professional or home cook who is able to care for highly reactive carbon steel, and is looking for long edge life.
Yoshikazu Ikeda is one of the finest smiths in Sakai. We hesitate to use superlatives like 'best' or 'finest', as they can easily become meaningless if overused. Ikeda-san has been making knives and swords for over 40 years since his early 20's. He is formally recognized as a dentoukougeishi; a traditional craftsman that is officially recognized by the Japanese government. He has since 2001 been the chairman of the association of dentoukougeishi. Ikeda-san's blades have an amazing, fine edge formation, edge retention and toughness. It's very difficult to achieve this combination of blade attributes, as even talented smiths have a hard time getting all three. He forges knives for a select few brands, represented as their top shelf knives, and so we are honored to be able to get them made to order for our shop.
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