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New Products - 12/18/2011

Dear valued customers, We are extremely excited and proud to introduce a new range of knives from Kazuyuki Tanaka, Hideo Kitaoka, Tetsu Jin and Murata.   Kazuyuki Tanaka: Single Bevel, Two Layered #2 Blue Carbon Steel Japanese range with Buffalo horn bolster and ho-wood handle Models: Ajikiri Deba 120mm, Deba 150 & 180mm, Yanagiba 240, 270 and 300mm, Kamagata Usuba 180 & 210mm   Hideo Kitaoka: Single Bevel, Two Layered #2 White Carbon Steel Japanese Suminagashi (10 layered Damascus) range with pakkawood ferrule and octagonal red sandalwood handle ...
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TOKYO - Day 8 - 11/19/2011

DAY 8:   Today is a very special day for me. For years I have dreamt of owning a knife, and preferably a Denka No Hoto by 4th generation swordsmith Mr Fujiwara Teruyasu of Tokyo. Well, that day has arrived, and even better. I wil be visiting my idol of Japanese knifemakers in his very own showroom and forget owning a knife by him, I now have the pleasure of selling his beloved masterpieces. Fujiwara Teruyasu`s knives are made similar to a katana. In other words, instead of having a core carbon blade sandwiched between soft iron like most other knives, his knives are the opposite, just like a katana. Fujiwara Teruyasu`s knives have the best ...
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JAPAN TRIP - Echizen - 11/17/2011

DAY 6:   Drove to Echizen (Takefu) to see some of the master blacksmiths of Takefu Knife Village with Mr. Oka. It was a beautiful and scenic drive. Echizen is surrounded by beautiful pine covered hills and mountains. The area is littered with rice fields (tan-bo) as good quality natural water is abundant here. We first visited visited the factory belonging to the Takamura family - headed by their father and two sons. They produce awesome supergold powder steel core blade knives with nickel damascus outer layers. Infact, they supply Gordon Ramsay with his own series of knives with his name stamped on the knife. I tested nearly all their kniv...
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JAPAN TRIP - 11/16/2011

Day 1:   Landed in Narita airport and caught Narita Express to my hotel at Shinagawa. Went straight to bed as I was buggered and had an early start and a tight schedule the following morning. Day 2:   Caught shinkansen (bullet train) to Osaka and transfered to another shinkansen to Kumamoto. Total 8 hour trip. However, the trip was not tiring at all. For anyone who has not travelled to Japan, Japan Rail is indescribable. The trains are virtually airlines on tracks with the added extra large and genrous leg room, reclining seats, table trays, and even a power source (for recharging your phones, etc). They are whisp...
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OFF TO SAKAI - 11/15/2011

HI all, I am finally in Japan and running a little late with my first blog...sorry. I have so far been to Kumamoto to see Moritaka Hamono knives during my first two days in Japan. And, just yesterday I visited the great Mr Kazuyuki Tanaka. More of Moritaka and Tanaka in my next blog...I promise. I have a tight schedule and will shortly alight my train to Sakai to meet Tatsuya from Suisin knives. Tatsuya was too kind to arrange a meeting with the 82 year old master blacksmith Mr Keijiro Doi. Sorry to keep it short...but the Japanese are very strict with time. More great news in detail later tonight. ...
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