Hideo Kitaoka is a 3rd generation blacksmith forging in the Takefu Knife Village. Born in 1950, he has been forging and honing his craft for over 30 years.
Kitaoka-san is well known for his focus on producing high quality single edged knives. This collection of debas is forged out of Aogami #2, a blue steel with excellent edge retention and durability. Each knife is forged in the 'awase' style of joining soft carbon with a carbon steel (Aogami #2). Hand sharpened and fitted with rosewood handles, these debas will handle any knife butchery task with ease.
|Blade length||180 mm (7.1")|
|Thickness at spine||9 mm|
|Thickness at tip||2 mm|
|Hardness (Rockwell scale)||62-63|
|Bevel / Edge||Single / left handed|
|Weight||11 oz. / 311 grams|