Masashi Makiri Damascus 140mm SLD Fisherman Knife
About This Item
Masashi Kobo (Masashi Yamamoto) Makiri Damascus 140mm SLD steel blade Double Edges with Charred Octagonal Shaped Chestnut handle and Ho wood cover
I have got very similar knife from Yoshikane in Sanjo, Niigata, because the blacksmith, Mr. Masashi Yamamoto had worked as the blacksmith in Yoshikane. In December 2012, the three of main blacksmiths in Yoshikane (Mr. Yoshida, Mr. Kazuomi Yamamoto, and Mr. Masashi Yamamoto)have started on own business. Mr. Yoshida might make small amount of productions, but he is more like semi-retired, and Mr. Kazuomi Yamamoto has taken over Yoshikane business with a couple of helpers since then. Mr. Masashi Yamamoto has got own business which is Masashi Kobo since then. This knife is made by Mr. Masashi Yamamoto.
Hagane: Hitachi Steel Co. SLD stainless steel (C; 1.4-1.6%, Cr.; 11-13%, and others) Jigene: 15 layered Nickel Damascus
It is hard to translate the word MAKIRI in English with my knowledge and vocabulary, but if I am not afraid of the mistakes, and translate it, MA means space or evil spirit or devil, and KIRI means cutter or slasher in Japanese, so MAKIRI means space cutter (time crunch), or evil spirit cutter or devil slasher. Fishermen is the job that has deep relationship with Mother Nature, so they concern premonition a lot, so they do not want to carry to work on their fishing boat with bad time (feeling) or evil spirit, so they might put on the name of the knife MAKIRI. MAKIRI is carried with them any situations, so it must be handy tool and life line. Makiri knife is used by fishermen and fish cutters in fish market or fish product company. Fishermen in northern part of Japan carry it all the time on their fishing boat or time to fix their net or equipments. It is comfortable to carry the small makiri knife, and it is great for fillet fish, or squid, or cutting rope, or net.
It is Damascus Sanmai uchi Double Edges(clad by Damascus soft iron), and it has SLD steel in the middle. Handle; charred octagonal shaped chestnut with water buffalo horn Saya; Custom Ho (magnolia) wood cover Blade Length; 5 3/4 inch (140mm) Handle Length; 5 1/8 inch (132mm) Total Length; 10 1/2 inch (272mm) Knife weight is 4.2oz. The heel part of the back width is 3.0mm (1/8inch) wide. The width of the blade near the handle: 29mm (1 1/8 inch)