Gesshin Ino 300mm Blue #2 Suminagashi Yanagiba with Karin Western Handle and Ho Wood Saya
This one is not yet up for sale on the site... i just put it up so you would be able to see.
This is a truly one-of-a-kind knife. For various reasons, we will never be able to have one of these made again. The story of this knife began in 2010, when Sara and I went to visit Ino's shop. While there, I saw a similar knife and I inquired about having one made for us. It was not possible, as the blacksmith had passed away. Over the next few months, we spoke back and forth about this knife... working out the details of how it was to be made, until all was finally decided. Then came a hitch in the plan... the handle maker was no longer making those handles with Karin and had no Karin left. Well, he managed to scrounge up one last piece and it went onto this handle. And the rest is history.
This is one of those knives I have been waiting for with so much anticipation and, now that it is here, I keep wishing i could just keep this one for myself. Oh well... we wouldn't be much of a knife shop if we kept the best ones for ourselves.
NOTE: The box says 270mm, but it is a mistake. The blade measures just shy of 300mm from heel to tip.