This hunting knife ("Kurokodairu") is hand made by Takeshi Saji in Takefu City, Fukui Prefecture, Japan. The blade core is white paper steel ("Shirogami") hardened to HRC 63 with the ten outer layers made from soft iron. A little longer than our other Japanese hunting knives, the length of the blade is just short of 6" (150mm) with a blade thickness of 3/16". The wooden handle is made from Oak and has been wrapped in rattan and black Crocodile skin for a secure grip even when wet. Overall knife length is 10-3/8" and weight is 7.2 oz. Thick leather scabbard with a belt loop. Every blade has the hand-engraved signature of the master himself.
Clearly not a knife for everyone. However, if you appreciate the finer details of knife making and require a unique knife with hard to beat sharpness and edge retention combined with sturdy functionality this may be the knife to bring with you outdoors.
Mr. Saji is a third generation master sword smith using traditional production techniques such as hammer forging. In 1992 he was designated a "Traditional Craftsman" by the Japanese Ministry of International Trade and Industry.