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    Can you ID this new Wa-Kiritsuke?

    Hey, first time poster here. Just received this knife as a gift, and was wondering if anyone could name the maker.

    210mm, ebony + buffalo handle, maker?...









    Thanks much, I'll post pics of the rest of my kit soon. Carter, Carter thinned Yoshikane, Tadatsuna, Misono, Suisin, Hiromoto, and others.

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    Senior Member chinacats's Avatar
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    Nice knife! I am no help with the kanji but pretty sure that is actually a gyuto with a kiritsuke tip. A true kiritsuke would be a single bevel knife. Most of the ones I have seen seem to be extremely flat and this one looks to have a bit more curve to the belly. I believe Jon from JKI had a name for this style of knife but can't recall what it was.
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    Is that rust near the primary bevel, if so deal with that ASAP!
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    It says 'Japan, made by Kawai'.

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    Got very excited by the first photo, thought It would be kiritsuke in the strict meaning and 21cm! WOW

    Unfortunately...

    Beautifull knife nonetheless.

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    wa-kiritsuke is often used in japan to specify a double bevel version (at least used by retailers... not so much by craftsmen). I like to call them kiritsuke-shaped wa-gyutos or ken-saki gyutos... it feels more descriptive and accurate to me.

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    My kanji is rusty, but isn't that Kawamura?

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    Quote Originally Posted by spaceconvoy View Post
    My kanji is rusty, but isn't that Kawamura?
    You are right brother. I was doing 10 things at once and completely misread that one. Good catch.

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    Thanks for all of the info, really enjoying using this one.

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    It says "Japan. Made by Kawamura" (just as people before me already pointed out), and on the back of the blade it says "white"

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