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Thu Nov 28, 2013 9:49 am
I had a couple of questions regarding a couple of the Konosuke Fujiyama series. Is the Fujiyama White #2 a monosteel or san mai? As well I am assuming the Fujiyama Blue #2 is a san mai? Also, I haven't seen any feedback on the Takagi blades that you are offering. Can you please give me a brief rundown on the overall fit and finish of blade/handle (eg. rounded spine/choil etc.) of the blades he has made for you. I have only seen commentary from other sources and people who have used his knives (not the knives you are offering) and several people have commented that fit and finish of the blades/handles and the grinds left a fair amount to be desired. I have a great amount of trust with your opinions. Please advise. Thanks as always and Happy Thanksgiving.
Fri Nov 29, 2013 1:23 pm
As best I know, all of the Fujiyama branded Konosukes are clad. So yes, both of those are clad.
The Takagi I have came to me handle less. The knife is nice. A midweight knife, with fairly typical kurouchi finish except in so much as the knife is not clad like most all other KU knives are.
Fri Nov 29, 2013 2:07 pm
Yes the fujiyama knives are all san mai except for the white #2 honyakis that we sometimes get. The blue 2 honyakis are made by a different smith for Konosuke.
The Takagi honyakis are very nice but very different type of knives than the Konosukes. His knives have a kurouchi finish and they are a little thicker at the spine and of course there is no cladding which is very unusual for a hammered knife. The reason it's uncommon is the hard blue #2 steel is difficult to shape, heat treat and quench the blades can crack much more easily when they're not clad. This is why most mono steel knives are done with laser cut steel blanks that are ground by stock removal (belt sanders or large grinding wheels only).
The grinds on them are excellent. We didn't like the handles or the installation work on them (most blacksmiths order their handles from a handle supplier and then install them) so we decided to have our woodworker put some nice semi custom handles on them to solve this issue. The maple ones that are on the site currently are sweet! Unfortunately we only have enough of this tiger maple to do about 30 handles so we'll be changing them once this batch is sold. I'm not sure what we'll do next. Maybe some walnut handles with maple ferrules. I like that look too.
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