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  1. Sep 28, 2015 #1

    pkjames

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    You have seen Blue 1 Mizu-honyaki,.
    You have seen 300mm Sakimaru Takobiki, probably 330mm max.

    I bet not many of you have seen one of this before: Sakimaru Takobiki, Blue 1 Mizu-honyaki, extra wide profile in 390mm, yes, 390mm LOL

    This is one of those fun projects that just pops up into your mind once in a while. I am lucky enough that Aoki-san actually entertained my request. I have to say master Kenji Togashi and master Hirosugu Tosa are soooo incredibly skilled, they can just do whatever crazy things you ask them to do, and finish it beautifully!

    I am still figuring out the handle design, and due to the upcoming Japan trip, I won't get a handle before probably November, but I still want to share some pics with ya.

    Chees,
    James

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    It may not be very impressive by itself
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    Front side kanji reads: Takayuki Syousin Blue 1 Mizu-honykai (sorry for the oil on the blade, I don't want to get rid of it just yet)
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    Ura side: master Togashi's logo, you can also see a faint hamon close to the right side (the hamon on blue 1 steel is very light)
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    Now you can feel the difference:
    top: shig 270 yanaigi
    mid: syousin blue 1 mizu-honyaki sakiramu takobiki 300mm
    bot: syousin blue 1 mizu-honyaki sakiramu takobiki 300mm
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  2. Sep 28, 2015 #2

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    My goodness. What will you do with it?
     
  3. Sep 28, 2015 #3

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    not sure yet, i certainly don't have the skill nor the fish. so maybe just try my best to get her a nice hardwood saya. Would be a very fun woodworking project. Then list it on the site to show off master Togashi's skill :D
     
  4. Sep 28, 2015 #4

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    It's a sword!
     
  5. Sep 28, 2015 #5

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    Def a sword

    Same reason why I currently don't own more than 2 fish-related knives. The Shigefusa looks in mint (ahem, unused) condition too! Surely there are some nice fish to be found in Sydney?

    Very nice takobiki. I like the non-square, angled tip bevel, which are less common I think.

    If only any of us were just really into cutting up and dining on octopus :dontknow:
     
  6. Sep 28, 2015 #6

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    I like it!:viking:
     
  7. Sep 28, 2015 #7

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    Wow,

    they should call that monster a Kraken-biki. If you ever hear those immortal words, "Release the Kraken", you're ready to rock and roll.
     
  8. Sep 28, 2015 #8
    Make some extra long handle - I guess this baby need two hands at the time to be handled securely :)
     
  9. Sep 28, 2015 #9

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    That's huge, dwarfs my 330mm Honyaki Kensaki Yanagi. I don't even know what else to say so will defer to the following:

    [video=youtube_share;W09ghiWskUk]http://youtu.be/W09ghiWskUk[/video]

    [​IMG]
     
  10. Sep 28, 2015 #10

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    In regarding the sword thing, we actually asked tosa-san if it's possible to polish the spine to give it a curve, which makes it look more like a samurai sword. Well, he suggested that it is in theory doable but that would really make it a sword rather than a sashimi slicer, so no deal, lol
     
  11. Sep 29, 2015 #11

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    Looks like a great mackerel knife. But what will you use for the big fish?
     
  12. Sep 29, 2015 #12

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    It's really impressive even without a handle . I'd love to see it in the hands of someone who really knows how to make the most if it.
     
  13. Sep 30, 2015 #13

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    Monster of a knife. Love the profile!
     
  14. Oct 1, 2015 #14

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    Time for a Australian passaround?
     
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    Wonder how much that's gonna cost though. After adding in a custom handle and saya
     
  16. Oct 2, 2015 #16

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    Wow. What a beast.

    James, when you make a handle are you going to try and keep a neutral balance? That much metal, could be a fun handle project.
     
  17. Oct 3, 2015 #17

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    Gonna need a pretty big handle or a depleted uranium endcap for balance. Watanabe blade has a pic of a two hand handle on a similar knife, but I think that's actually a magorokiri/magurokiri and not a sakimaru takohiki.
     
  18. Oct 4, 2015 #18

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    Yeah, the maguro-kiri handle is significantly bigger than a yanagi handle. I am thinking of about a 20cm handle with gyuto profile: somewhere between the yanagi and maguro profile.
     
  19. Oct 4, 2015 #19

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    Seth, if my guess of the profile is correct, with ebony handle it should balance quite well but may be a bit overweight. Will report back when I get the handle out :p
     

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