very nice. That ferrule is awesome!
Thank you Sara, I appreciate the effort.
Yup, it's Tadao for sure. I have one of their deba. Not certain about the steel but sharpens up right nice.
Though I could not caution all I still might warn a few: Don't raise your hand to raise no flag atop no ship of fools. - Robert Hunter
Ahh, the others beat me to the answer! Anyway, I still like to figure these out and I've got the same:
登録 (the first smaller pair) = registered
忠雄 = Tadao/Tadawo
作 = made
Therefore, it's a registered knife made by Tadao/Tadawo. ... Oh, and I agree. Nice marble ferrule on that hand which, with the plainer ho wood, makes for one attractive knife. Nice one - replace (burl up) the handle!
Thanks for all the help, is it unusual to have what seems to be a fairly high end knife, be made by this seemingly unknown maker?