A Day of Sharpening a Vintage Takeda Yanagiba

Forged by Shosui Takeda of Takeda Hamono, in Okayama Japan. This vintageYanagiba was forged in 2008 in memory of an old mate of Takeda’s from Germany. In 2015, we visited Takeda’s workshop and stumbled upon this knife and 14 other knives, but all were in pretty bad condition from years of sitting around in the workshop not being taken care of. After asking, Takeda allowed us to re-finish this Yanagiba, so we took it to the finest sharpener in all of Sakai. The Yanagiba, made of super blue steel by Takeda’s expert hand, was so hard that it took the Sakai sharpener 6 hours to re-sharpen and refinish it, when it typically only takes around 2 hours. The vintage Yanagiba was re-finished in a Ho wood octagonal and buffalo horn ferrule, protected by a custom-made Saya, and stored in an authentic Japanese Kiri wood box – perfection! This vintage Yanagiba is one of 15 that were unsold from this order, and we will be restoring all of them, each with a unique serial number of 1-15. Serial number “1” knife has been reserved for Tosho Knife Arts in Toronto, Canada, and the serial number “2” knife is reserved fro Ai and Om knives located in Vancouver, Canada. Only these two Yanagibas are right handed and use super blue steel.

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