Traded True Unicorn Kato Ku Kantogata Nakiri w/chestnut handle BNIB

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  1. Sep 12, 2019 #1

    Corradobrit1

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    Looking to trade this truly unique example of Kiyoshi Kato's earlier work. This is a BNIB NOS example which I purchased from a vendor in Japan. Apparently this has blue steel core. I only know of one other example and that has a Ho wood handle. This one has an original burned chestnut.

    Blue steel Core
    Edge length 150mm
    Weight ~185g
    Spine at heel ~5mm
    Spine 1cm from tip ~1mm

    Looking to trade this knife for the following in similar condition with cash adjustments as necessary:
    Handleless Kato 240 std
    Ho/Chestnut/Custom Kato 240 std
    Ho/Chestnut/Custom Kato 210 WH

    Will also consider:
    Togashi honyaki
    Mizuno honyaki

    Let's talk. I'm located in DFW, TX
     

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  3. Sep 12, 2019 #3

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    Yes, that's the one. Since I wasn't having much luck with my WTB listings I decided to purchase this unique piece to hopefully encourage the Kato collectors out there to release one of their duplicates etc.
     
  5. Sep 12, 2019 #5

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    Not sure if I’m allowed to post this but delete mods if it’s not acceptable.

    I have two myself and this is the fourth one I know of.

    Also - he stills makes them. I brought my 2nd one two months ago from a shop that just received their order from kato direct.

    It’s rare still
     
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    I was offered one some 5-6 months ago and don’t believe it was old stock as the seller had only had it a few months
     
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    Seen a few of them ,Just in photos ,nice Blade
     
  10. Sep 13, 2019 #10

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    Good to know. I was just going by what the vendor said and that in 4 years scouring the forums and IG, I've never seen one posted. I did read you had one. Two sounds excessive :)
    How many have the burned chestnut handle? For me that suggests an older example.

    I can post a choil shot when I get home at the end of next week.
     
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    Hate to break to you but its not like a shigefusa where the handles and boxes are part of the total package from Shigefusa.

    It's well known that kato only sends out just the blank knife (no box, no handles) to vendors who then apply their own handles and boxes. This is the reason why katos have a million different types of handles and boxes (many have no boxes).

    A burnt chest nut handle does not say anything about age of the knife itself. Pretty much all the workhorses from JNS has a burnt chest nut handle.
     
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    I've noticed Maksim hasn't been offering chestnut handles on his WH offerings for quite some time.
     
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    Does he even put up workhorses for sell anymore on his website?
     
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    They have been sighted, usually for about 30secs
     
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    Blade height at widest point is 53.5mm

    Here's the choil shot as requested. Super thin behind the edge

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    Still looking. I'll add any handle to the list.
     
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    TGIF bump
     
  18. Sep 30, 2019 #18

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    Traded. Thanks KKF
     
  19. Oct 9, 2019 #19

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    this was a true unicorn...published in a reputable Japanese knives magazine talking about Kiyoshi Kato's skill and showing it as one of the sample knives :)

    Kato1.PNG
     
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    Its little brother just sold too. Do you have a copy of the article?
     
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    The magazine is called" 男が選ぶ日本の包丁 (The Perfect Book of Japanese Cooking Knives) and you can buy it on amazon.co.jp kindle for 2750yen. If you browse the sample on amazon you can see the kato article.
     
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