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When I first started buying Japanese knives I purchased a number of older used single beveled blades on Ebay. I put them into storage and now it is time to sort through them.. This Deba was listed as being foraged by Gen’Inbou in the 1950’s using Tamahagne for the edge steel. This Deba has a great in hand feel and balance. I am curious if there is any knowledge on the forum about Gen’Inbou. Kanji is close to unreadable. Any comments are welcome.



 

woodworkcan

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I doubt that blade is forged of Tamahagane, which takes several days to make from iron sands using a traditional tatara which were mostly closed after WWII. Seeing the metal bolster and kanji hammered with a die, it would not make sense to me. But that does not mean it is not a good knife.
 
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