Kato Alert

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  1. Oct 31, 2018 #901

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    You’re the lucky bastard .. Wanna trade ?

    I need that western kato
     
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  2. Feb 21, 2019 #902

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    Damn Matteo!!! You have a true unicorn!! :)
     
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  3. Feb 21, 2019 #903

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    Heard from the BST thread recently Kato working with some blue steel more often. Anybody know any particular reason why or just because he feels like working with blue compared to the usual white I’ve seen in so many knives previously.
     
  4. Feb 26, 2019 #904

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    Kato sword is up on jns
     
  5. Feb 26, 2019 #905

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    That little cutie would make a nice steak knife...
     
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  6. May 8, 2019 #906

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    Okay who was the one who picked up the 340mm tamahagene?
     
  7. May 8, 2019 #907

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    How much was it ?
     
  8. May 8, 2019 #908

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    11.6k excluding VAT (14.6k including VAT)
     
  9. May 8, 2019 #909

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  10. May 8, 2019 #910

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  11. May 8, 2019 #911

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    I like the contrast between the slogan and the price tag on the tamahagene. I was 1 click away from buying it...and had to admit that it was not affordable for me.
     
  12. May 8, 2019 #912

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    At that price, you could get a kodachi from a mukansa. The price is just ridiculous.
     
  13. May 8, 2019 #913

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    Now it's an $11k Sakimaru Takobiki...
     
  14. May 8, 2019 #914

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    Yup basically a sword.
    Yoshiaki Fujiwara 365mm Tamahagane Watetsu SAKIMARU TAKOBIKI
     
  15. May 19, 2019 #915

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    a $14K blade with such a ridiculously lazy finish..
    Time is money.
    14k means a perfect knife made with time and passion.
    Kato chose to make a blade quickly with a finish that every young polisher would feel ashamed with.
     
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  16. May 20, 2019 #916

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    I checked the pictures again, the knife hasn‘t been „finished“. Not sure it has even seen a Jnat.
     
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  17. Jun 15, 2019 #917

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    I was sriting about the yanagi. The Takobiki seems to be much cleaner.
     
  18. Jun 15, 2019 #918

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    Can somebody educate me which Kato gets everyone this excited? I know of Yoshimi Kato, but this sounds like another one.
     
  19. Jun 15, 2019 #919

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    Kiyoshi kato, yoshiaki fujiwara.

    From www.japanesenaturalstones.com

    These beautiful knives are made by Mr. Kiyoshi Kato, born 1944 in Tokyo. He began swordsmith training in 1964, at the age of 20, and is currently a licensed sword smith. He now uses his incredible collection of very old, and difficult to obtain, Tamahagane steels to form his own sword masterpieces.

    He entered the field of knife making in 1977 by creating his first hunting and kitchen knives, and currently makes knives in his new Hokuto City workshop, found in the Yamanashi Prefecture.
     
  20. Jun 16, 2019 #920

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    I feel like I’m beating a dead horse with this, but at the price Kato tamahagane go for, people can just purchase real swords with full polishes and all the fittings. And the value of swords from sword smiths will appreciate in value greater over time if you want collectible value.

    Kato is a really great knife maker, but he’s not a good sword smith IMO. His tamahagane is for knife nut suckers.
     
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  21. Jun 16, 2019 #921

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    When's the last Kato produced a sword?
     
  23. Jun 16, 2019 #923

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    Doesn't he market his swords under a different name? Thought thats what I read.
     
  24. Jun 17, 2019 #924

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    Not very many Katos in this "Alert" thread.
     
  25. Jun 18, 2019 #925

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    Well not sure how many knives have popped up. Anybody know if his output has decreased over the months recently?
     
  26. Jun 18, 2019 #926

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    It's amazing to me that he still is producing knives. He's quite elderly.
     
  27. Jun 18, 2019 #927

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    I second this as well but I feel like there are a lot of elderly people in Japan still working doing very specialized work in many different fields not just knife making.
     
  28. Jun 18, 2019 #928

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    Have you guys seen photos of him? He looks quite remarkable for his age.
     
  29. Jun 18, 2019 #929

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    you can say that for many asians lol
     
  30. Jun 18, 2019 #930

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    He has had back issues for a long time now - at least a few years from all the sources that i have dealt with.

    This is one of the many reasons that he no longer makes dammy Katos. To be fair, he doesn't make much of anything besides gyutos.

    from what I have been told- he makes 1 knife every 2-3 days is a rough estimate.
     

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