This is super Unique Usuba is made only by Mr. Tokifusa Iizuka for 40+ years ago !!!
I had this super rare opportunity to by all old stock Kitaeji knives from old Store that had them for over 40 years :)
So thats why they cost bit more then regular as i paid full price for them !
When i talked to Shigefusa my last japan trip he told me that his old knives was harder, had bit pure steel and was in general made for Japanese marked. So very hard :)
Also thats why you see some very light blackish lines on laminations on some of the knives, they will not affect anything or get bigger as those knives staid like that for over 40 years :)
This old stock knives is different then new ones. I think Fit and finish on those is as excellent as now !
Kitaeji pattern is bit different, Kanji is made different as Mr. Tokifusa was just learning making kanjis on his knives.
They as now have all Natural Stone finish and all been sharpened on natural stones by Mr. Tokifusa Iizuka him self !
I may not get that super cool and Rare opportunity again so thats why they all get full specs and many pictures here on Website before they sold out :D
Steel: Swedish Carbon ??? Can rust !
Handle: Ho D shape
here are some spec:
Handle Length- 140mm
Handle Width- 20mm
Handle to Tip Length- 365mm
Heel to Tip Length- 215mm
Blade Height at Heel- 49mm
Width of Spine at Handle- 4,95mm
Width of Spine Above Heel- 3,5mm
Width of Spine at Middle- 1,98mm
Width of Spine 1cm from the tip- 1,4mm
All knives JNS cary is handmade and made one by one, so they can vary in size and thickness. Unevenness in finish can occur.