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Takefu Village - Kaku Usuba 170mm by Mr. Hideo Kitaoka - kitchen knife


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Takefu Knives Village is a brand born in 1991 in Echizen Fukui, a city in Japan famous since 1400 for the production of knives.
The Takefu knives brand is based on the union of 10 local artisans who make every knife by hand.

The model presented is realized by:
Mr. Hideo Kitaoka
Born in the city of Echizen in 1950, third generation forging craftsmen, he specializes in knives with Kataba blade (concave blade on the left side of the wire, chisel blade on the right side of the wire) also receiving the title of Dentoukougeishi (traditional craftsman) after subjected to the strict examination of the Traditional Crafts Industry Promotion Association Foundation commission.
Its knives are made with a White Paper Steel (Shirogami) cutting edge with a hardness of over 62 / 64HRC and with "Suminagashi" damask steel laminated cheeks. The handles are made as usual in sandalwood and Asian buffalo horn.
The Kanji characters printed on its blades 越 前 英雄 作 mean Echizen Hideo Saku (made by Hideo of Echizen)

Characteristics of the knife:

Use: vegetables

Blade: CladSteel carbon steel with White Paper Steel (Shirogami) cutting edge at 62 / 64HRC and 33-layer "Suminagashi" damask
Provenance Lama: Japanese craft
Handle: Sandalwood, very hard and water resistant wood
Packaging: in cardboard with Japanese lettering
Blade length: 170mm
Total Length: 330mm
Blade thickness: from 4.5mm to 1.3mm
Handle Length: 134mm
Weight: 175g

* Not every knife is signed on the blade by the craftsman who made it

Given the high carbon content steel used for the blade and the extreme build quality of these knives, we recommend a series of attentions to follow to maintain the quality of the product over time.

- Never place the knife in the dishwasher
- Rinse the knife with hot water before first use
- Rinse the knife immediately after each use without aggressive dishwashing detergent and dry with a soft cloth (always starting at the back of the cutting edge)
- Aggressive foods such as lemon juice must be promptly rinsed immediately after use
- Do not use glass or granite slabs as a cutting support. Use only wooden bases
- Pay attention that the cutting edge of the knife does not come into contact with other metal objects during its deposit to avoid damage to the cutting edge.

Takefu Knife Village craftsmen


More Information
Country of productionJapan
BrandTakefu knives
Blade Materialsteel
Blade Length17/18cm
Handle MaterialNatural
Carbon SteelShirogami laminated
Materials and Finishes8
Steel Quality8,5
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