The smith isn't unknown for the sanmai, which I think this thread is mostly about, I admit never looking deep into the honyaki but the sanmai are Yoshikazu Tanaka.Anyway just for those who are reading and wondering about Takada Hamono, he was a polisher working for Ashi who started his own company. If you guys want a cheapish "Ashi" buy a Takada honyaki. The smith is unknown, but the knives are polished by Takada, and you get all the steel banding, etc..
Yeah, I have enough knives to play with in the meantime... That's gonna be a good shipment since it will come with a small Comet honyaki and a Hiromoto honyaki thinned and rehandled (I really wasn't looking forward to grinding that all on stones on top of all my ongoing projects).Your patients is note worthy. Please keep (me) us updated.
Should you buy the kagekiyo blue 1 please tell me your impressions and how reactive it is. What else are you looking at? Since I really like your taste.Well it looks like a few months have gone by...anybody had a chance to drive one of the San mai takada’s yet?
I have a couple of choices for next knife purchase. I’m thinking about maybe one of these or a kagekiyo blue 1.
Hey Jon your Kagekiyos are just normal ones or do you put additional work into it? Haven't ordered from you yet since I hate German customs with products coming from the US but will definitely do in the future, maybe visit in person. Thanks for answering.the white #1 270m's are on order... just had a conversation with them about which things we would like to have done first, and i asked for the white #1 series to be a priority (because they are SICK, and because we don't have a ton being made, so it wont put the rest of our stuff that far behind if we do that)
Thats very good info to know friz. Thank you. I have one on order at the moment.I am reading about Takada no Hamono and found out actually some knives are forged by Shiraki, not all of them are from Yoshikazu Tanaka. Also, it is worth noting that Shiraki's ones are usually very short at the heel, like 45mm 46mm for a 240 gyuto - more or less.
I understand it is Nakagawa-san at Shiraki Hamano forging knives for Takada No Hamono. Definitely not as tall as the Tanaka forged knives. The 210mm Blue 2 gyuto I played with was just over 40mm tall and very nice...I am reading about Takada no Hamono and found out actually some knives are forged by Shiraki, not all of them are from Yoshikazu Tanaka. Also, it is worth noting that Shiraki's ones are usually very short at the heel, like 45mm 46mm for a 240 gyuto - more or less.
Shiraki Blacksmith means it's Nakagawa, if it's not said by Kenichi Shiraki, then it's probably by Nakagawa since Shiraki himself is already retired.Description of Hitohira says Shiraki Blacksmith and not Shiraki Hamono though. Also, 1 year ago, Takada said on Instagram the blades are forged by Mr. Shiraki.
Seems like those 2 are for the most part. there is some knife that he made like the 225 Stainless Gyuto and some VG10 series that who knows the blacksmith or factory was. I'm guessing that the old Stainless is from Ashi factory but I might be wrong.I understand, so now, is either Yoshikazu Tanaka or Nakagawa the blacksmith?