In my totally biased opinion Shosui Takeda san’s knives kick ass. Thin blades are capable of extreme sharpness and these are so thin they are in the heroin-chic supermodel territory. With an HRC hardness of 63:64 the edge retention of Takeda san’s knives are unbelievable. Takeda san's new AS N knives are clad in stainless steel instead of carbon steel, which makes them way easier to take care of! Less oxidation = less hassle = more fun!
A third-generation master blacksmith, Takeda Shosui-san was born and raised in Niimi, Okayama in Japan. After he graduated from university he returned to his hometown to succeed his father as master blacksmith for Takeda Hamono. Since 1985 he has strived and studied to produce the very best hand-forged blades and tools. Each blade is a unique work of art and has a certain presence.
Shosui Takeda hammers blades from Aogami Super Steel. These are truly artistic blades of the highest quality forged by experience. The super thin geometry translates to extreme sharpness. I treasure my Takeda Gyuto as it is one of the finest performing knives I’ve ever owned. Each blade holds its edge extraordinarily well and re-sharpens easily. The New Takeda AS Stainless line is forged with a stainless clad on the outside of the carbon core for extra protection and durability. Knifewear is the first store on earth to carry this new line.
Founded in 1920, Takeda Hamono (Blacksmith) was moved to Niimi in 1951. They have produced hand-forged blades and tools such as kitchen knives, knives, hoes and hatchets as well as axes, sickles and scythes for the local government.
These are very high performance blades, but I would not call them rugged. There is always a trade off. Treat them like a Ferrari (with respect in other words) and they will repay you with many, many years of crazy performance.
|Steel Type||Aogami Super (Super Blue carbon) Steel clad with Stainless Steel|
|Handle||Wa (Japanese) Handle, Octagon Cherry wood handle with Red Pakka wood collar|