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        R-2 Damascus kitchen knife from Custom knife maker Hiroo Itou

UP!! May 28th                                          Just Arrived !!
Over 50 kinds of Mr. Itou New Collections
Wide selections of Petty, Gyuto, Santoku and More!!

 UP!!         Mr. Itou's Workshop Tour

  Our report of Mr. Itou's workshop tour and about his knife making history and interesting information about his custom knives
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 On April 1 and 2, we had a Spring Knife Show in Seki City.There were about 40 custom knifemakers attended from all over Japan. Among the custom knifemakers,we found an interesting knifemaker,who is hand making Gyuto type Chef knives out of the special powdered steel called R2. His name is Hiroo Itou from FukuiCity, northern part of Japan. He has explained me that this powdered steel is made by Kobe Steel Company (Kobelco), one of the biggest steel maker in Japan. He said they never show him the chemical analysis of the steel (it seems they want to keep it confidencial to prevent being copied by other steel makers), but he found this steel the best for the kitchen knives in terms of the sharpness, edge retention, durability and rust resistance. I have asked him how good it is compared with other powdered steel such as Cowry (Daido steel) and ZDP (Hitachi steel), and he said, oh, uncomparable..... it is much far better  than those powdered steels because of my repeated hand hammer foring process..

  He uses this R2 powdered steel for the core edge heat treated to Rockwell Rc 62,hand forged with 16 layered hard and soft stainless steel materials (total 33 layered Damascus blade).kobesteel,co-torkyhandle.jpg
   
As seen on the other expensive custom knives, the full tang blade is tapered to the end of handle for a perfect weight balance, and each blade and handle varies in size,shape and weight due to the hand made knives. He uses the selected handle materials,hand contoured and polished very carefully for a perfect grip.

                               Edge Shape                    Information For Left Hander

                    

                    Double Bevel Edge 50/50
                         

 

All models are suitable  for both Right hander and Left hander's use 


 Paring
 UP!! Mr. Itou Paring 85mm "Mammoth Molar Tooth Ivory Handle"

Mammoth Molar Tooth Ivory Handle

Paring85mm

Total Length:200mm Blade Thickness:2mm
Total Weight: 108g
 
$510.00  Available Now
 UP!! Mr. Itou Paring 65mm "Stag Handle"

Stag Handle

Paring 65mm

Total Length:180mm Blade Thickness:2mm
Total Weight: 72g
 
$210.00 SOLD OUT
 
UP!! Mr. Itou Paring 60mm "Stag Handle" Type III

Stag Handle

Paring 60mm
Type III

Total Length:175mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 87g
 
$210.00 SOLD OUT
 

 Petty
 UP!! Mr. Itou Petty 135mm "Ironwood Handle"

Ironwood Handle

Petty135mm

Total Length:250mm Blade Thickness:2mm
Total Weight: 92g
 
$300.00  Available Now
  UP!! Mr. Itou Petty 135mm "Stag Handle"

Stag Handle

Petty135mm

Total Length:245mm Blade Thickness:2mm
Total Weight: 100g
 
$300.00  Available Now
 UP!! Mr. Itou Petty 135mm "Mother of Pearl Handle"

Mother of Pearl Handle

Petty135mm

Total Length:245mm Blade Thickness:2mm
Total Weight: 122g
 
$300.00 Available Now
 
 UP!! Mr. Itou Petty 135mm "Abalone Handle"

Abalone Handle

Petty135mm

Total Length:245mm Blade Thickness:2mm
Total Weight: 118g
 
$300.00 Available Now
 
 UP!! Mr. Itou Petty 135mm "Azurite Handle"

Azurite Handle

Petty135mm

Total Length:250mm Blade Thickness:2mm
Total Weight: 123g
 
$300.00 Available Now
 
 UP!! Mr. Itou Petty 135mm "Green Marachite Handle"

Green Marachite Handle

Petty135mm

Total Length:250mm Blade Thickness:2mm
Total Weight: 122g
 
$300.00 Available Now
 
 UP!! Mr. Itou Petty 135mm "Blue&Purple Special Handle"

Blue&Purple Special Handle

Petty135mm

Total Length:245mm Blade Thickness:2mm
Total Weight: 116g
 
$300.00 Available Now
 
 UP!! Mr. Itou Petty 135mm "Purple Special Mix Handle"

Purple Special Mix Handle

Petty135mm

Total Length:250mm Blade Thickness:2mm
Total Weight: 125g
 
$300.00 Available Now
 
 UP!! Mr. Itou Petty 135mm "Turquoise Handle"

Turquoise Handle

Petty135mm

Total Length:245mm Blade Thickness:2mm
Total Weight: 115g
 
$300.00  Available Now
 UP!! Mr. Itou Petty 135mm "Solid IvoryHandle"

Solid Ivory Handle

Petty135mm

Total Length:245mm Blade Thickness:2mm
Total Weight: 108g
 
$430.00 Available Now
 


 Steak&Small Utility Knife
 UP!! Mr. Itou Steak&Small Utility Knife 95mm "White Color Corian Handle"

White Color Corian Handle

Steak Knife 95mm

Total Length:220mm Blade Thickness:2mm
Total Weight: 83g
 
$260.00 Available Now
 

   UP!! Mr. Itou Steak&Small Utility Knife 95mm "White Color Corian Handle"
3Pcs Special Set

White Color Corian Handle

Steak Knife 95mm
3Pcs Special Set

Total Length:220mm Blade Thickness:2mm
Total Weight: 83g
 
$650.00 SOLD OUT
 
UP!! Mr. Itou Steak&Small Utility Knife 105mm "Abalone Handle"

Abalone Handle

Steak Knife 105mm

Total Length:225mm Blade Thickness:2mm
Total Weight: 91g
 
$280.00 SOLD OUT
 
UP!! Mr. Itou Steak&Small Utility Knife 105mm "Abalone Handle"
3Pcs Special Set

Abalone Handle

Steak Knife 105mm
3Pcs Special Set

Total Length:225mm Blade Thickness:2mm
Total Weight: 91g
 
$740.00 SOLD OUT
 
 UP!! Mr. Itou Steak&Small Utility Knife 130mm "

Solid Ivory Handle

SteakKnife130mm

Total Length:250mm Blade Thickness:2mm
Total Weight: 102g
 
$420.00 Available Now


 Santoku
UP!! Mr.Itou Santoku 165mm "Ironwood Handle"

Ironwood Handle

Santoku 165mm

Total Length:280mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 148g
 
$380.00 SOLD OUT
 
 UP!! Mr.Itou Santoku 165mm "Mother of Pearl Handle"

Mother of Pearl Handle

Santoku 165mm

Total Length:280mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight:167g
 
$400.00 Available Now
 
 UP!! Mr.Itou Santoku 165mm "Mammoth Tusk Ivory Handle"

Mammoth Tusk Ivory Handle

Santoku165mm

Total Length:285mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight:173 g
 
$520.00  SOLD OUT
  UP!! Mr.Itou Santoku 190mm "White Corian Handle"

White Corian Handle
Santoku 190mm Total Length:315mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 214g
 
 
$440.00  Available Now

  UP!! Mr.Itou Santoku 180mm "Turquoise Handle"

Turquoise Handle Santoku 170mm Total Length:295mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm  
Total Weight: 195g
$420.00 Available Now

 
Turquoise Handle Santoku 180mm Total Length:310mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm  
Total Weight: 200g
$440.00 Available Now
  UP!! Mr.Itou Santoku 180mm "Green&Yellow Special Stone Handle"

Green&Yellow Special Stone Handle
Santoku 180mm Total Length:310mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 229g
 
 
$440.00 Available Now
 UP!! Mr.Itou Santoku 180mm "Mother of Pearl Handle"

Mother of Pearl Handle
Santoku 180mm Total Length:310mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm  
Total Weight: 213g
 
 
$440.00 Available Now
 UP!! Mr.Itou Santoku 170mm "Stag Handle"

Stag Handle
Santoku 170mm Total Length:305mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm  
Total Weight: 201g
 
 
$420.00 SOLD OUT
 
 UP!! Mr.Itou Santoku 170mm "Custom Combination Handle
(Turquoise, Ivory, Mammoth Molar Tooth Ivory)"


Custom Combination Handle
Santoku 170mm Total Length:310mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm  
Total Weight: 211g
 
 
$500.00 Available Now

 UP!! Mr.Itou Santoku 180mm "Mammoth Molar Tooth Ivory Handle"

Mammoth Molar Tooth Ivory Handle Santoku 180mm Total Length:305mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm  
Total Weight: 239g
 
 
$740.00 Available Now
 UP!! Mr.Itou Santoku 195mm "Narwhale Horn Handle"

Narwhale Horn Handle Santoku 195mm Total Length:315mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm  
Total Weight: 228g
 
 
$880.00 Available Now
 


 Nakiri
UP!! Mr.Itou Nakiri 175mm "Mammoth Molar Tooth Ivory Handle"

Mammoth Molar Tooth Ivory Handle
Nakiri 175mm Total Length:300mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 238g
 
 
$730.00  Available Now
UP!! Mr.Itou Nakiri 180mm "Turquoise Handle"

Turquoise Handle
Nakiri180mm Total Length:305mm Blade Thickness:2.2mm
Total Weight: 193g
 
 
$440.00 SOLD OUT


 Gyuto
UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto 180mm "White&Black Handle"

White&Black Handle
Gyuto160mm Total Length:280mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 180g
 
  
$380.00 Available Now
 
White&Black Handle
Gyuto180mm Total Length:300mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 196g
 
 
$420.00  Available Now
 UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto 160mm "Green Malachite Handle"

Green Malachite Handle
Gyuto160mm Total Length:275mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 165g
 
 
$380.00 Available Now
 
 UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto 165mm "Ironwood Handle"

Ironwood Handle
Gyuto165mm Total Length:280mm Blade Thickness:2.2mm
Total Weight: 155g
 
 
$360.00 Available Now
 
 UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto 165mm "Abalone Handle"

Abalone Handle
Gyuto165mm Total Length:280mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 160g
 
 
$380.00 SOLD OUT
 
 UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto 165mm "Green Color Maple Burl Wood Handle"

Green Color Maple Burl Wood Handle
Gyuto165mm Total Length:280mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 145g
 
  
$380.00 Available Now
 
Green Color Maple Burl Wood Handle
Gyuto180mm Total Length:305mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 170g
 
 
$420.00 Available Now
 
  UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto 180mm "Abalone Handle"

Abalone Handle
Gyuto180mm Total Length:300mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 198g
 
 
$420.00 SOLD OUT
 UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto 180mm "Mother of Pearl Handle"

Mother of Pearl Handle
Gyuto180mm Total Length:300mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 202g
 
 
$420.00  Available Now
UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto 165mm "Turquoise Handle"

Turquoise Handle Gyuto165mm Total Length:280mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 169g
 
 
$380.00 SOLD OUT
Turquoise Handle
Gyuto190mm Total Length:310mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 192g
 
 
$440.00  SOLD OUT
UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto 180mm "Water Buffalo Horn Handle"

Water Buffalo Handle
Gyuto180mm Total Length:305mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 170g
 
 
$420.00 Available Now
 
 UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto 180mm "Ironwood Handle"

Ironwood Handle
Gyuto180mm Total Length:305mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 172g
 
 
$400.00 Available Now
 
UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto 180mm "Blue Color Maple Burl Wood Handle"

Blue Color Maple Burl Wood Handle
Gyuto180mm Total Length:305mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 189g
 
 
$420.00 SOLD OUT
 
UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto 180mm "Dark Brown Color Maple Burl Wood Handle"

Dark Brown Color Maple Burl Wood Handle
Gyuto180mm Total Length:305mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 185g
 
 
$420.00 Available Now

UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto 180mm "Maple Burl Wood Handle"

Maple Burl Wood Handle
Gyuto180mm Total Length:305mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 177g
 
 
$420.00 SOLD OUT
 
UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto 180mm "Green&Yellow Special Handle"

Green & Yellow Special Handle
Gyuto180mm Total Length:305mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 215g
 
 
$420.00  Available Now
 UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto 180mm "Purple Color Maple Burl Wood Handle"

Purple Color Maple Burl Wood Handle
Gyuto180mm Total Length:305mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 175g
 
 
$420.00 SOLD OUT 
UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto 180mm "Red Color Maple Burl Wood Handle"

Red Color Maple Burl Wood Handle
Gyuto180mm Total Length:310mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 177g
 
 
$420.00 Available Now
 
 UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto 180mm "Mammoth Molar Tooth Ivory Handle"

Mammoth Molar Tooth Ivory Handle
Gyuto180mm Total Length:300mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm  
Total Weight: 224g
 
 
$710.00 Available Now
 
UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto 180mm "Stag Handle"

Stag Handle
Gyuto180mm Total Length:310mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 196g
 
 
$420.00 SOLD OUT
UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto 180mm "Mammoth Tusk Ivory Handle"

Mammoth Tusk Ivory Handle
Gyuto180mm Total Length:305mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 197g
 
 
$540.00 SOLD OUT
UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto 180mm "Custom Combination Handle"
(Mammoth Tusk Ivory, Large Mammoth Molar Tooth Ivory)

Custom Combination Handle
(Mammoth Tusk Ivory,Large Mammoth Molar Tooth Ivory)
Gyuto180mm Total Length:305mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 190g
 
 
$560.00 SOLD OUT
 
UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto 180mm "Custom Combination Handle"
(Large Mammoth Tusk Ivory, Mammoth Molar Tooth Ivory)

Custom Combination Handle
(Large Mammoth Tusk Ivory,Mammoth Molar Tooth Ivory)
Gyuto180mm Total Length:305mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 195g
 
 
$560.00 Available Now
 
 UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto 180mm "Custom Combination Handle"
(Turquoise, Ivory, Mammoth Molar Tooth Ivory)

Custom Combination Handle
(Turquoise, Ivory,Mammoth Molar Tooth Ivory)
Gyuto180mm Total Length:305mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 195g
 
 
$540.00  Available Now

UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto 180mm "Custom Combination Handle"
(Turquoise, Ivory, Japanese Lacquer)

Custom Combination Handle
(Turquoise,Ivory,Japanese Lacquer)

Gyuto180mm Total Length:305mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 192g
 
 
$500.00 Available Now
 
 UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto 180mm "Beige Color Corian Handle"

Beige Color Corian Handle
Gyuto180mm Total Length:300mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 208g
 
 
$400.00  Available Now
 UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto 180mm "White Color Corian Handle Type 2"

White Color Corian Handle Type 2
Gyuto180mm Total Length:300mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 207g
 
 
$400.00  Available Now
 UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto 180mm "Brown Color Corian Handle"

Brown Color Corian Handle
Gyuto180mm Total Length:300mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm  
Total Weight: 210g
 
 
$400.00  Available Now
 Gyuto210mm
 UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto 210mm "Japanese Lacquer Handle"


Japanese Lacquer Handle
Gyuto210mm Total Length:330mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 198g
 
 
$560.00 SOLD OUT
Japanese Lacquer Handle
 Gyuto230mm Total Length:350mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 240g
 
 
$610.00 SOLD OUT
 UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto210mm "Abalone Handle"

Abalone Handle
Gyuto210mm Total Length:330mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm  
Total Weight: 233g
 
 
$560.00 SOLD OUT
UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto 210mm "Lapis Lazuli Handle"

Lapis Lazuli Handle
Gyuto210mm Total Length:335mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 245g
 
 
$560.00 Available Now
 
 UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto 210mm "Mother of Pearl Handle"

Mother of Pearl Handle
Gyuto210mm Total Length:330mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 228g
 
 
$560.00 Available Now
 UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto 210mm "Stag Handle"

Stag Handle
Gyuto210mm Total Length:335mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 212g
 
 
$560.00  Available Now
UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto 210mm "Mammoth Molar Tooth Ivory Handle"

Mammoth Molar Tooth Ivory Handle
Gyuto210mm Total Length:330mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 236g
 
 
$790.00 SOLD OUT
 

Large Size Gyuto 
UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto 250mm "Abalone Handle"

Abalone Handle

Gyuto250mm

Total Length:370mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 255g
 
$640.00 Available Now
 UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto 250mm "Mother of Pearl Handle"

Mother of Pearl Handle

Gyuto250mm

Total Length:375mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 262g
 
$640.00 Available Now
 UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto 270mm "Lapis Lazuri Handle"

Lapis Lazuri Handle
Gyuto270mm Total Length:410mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 312g
 
 
$780.00 Available Now
 

 UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto265mm
"Custom Combination Handle
(Turquoise, Mammoth Tusk Ivory, Mammoth Molar Tooth Ivory)"


Custom Combination Handle
(Turquoise,Mammoth Tusk Ivory,Mammoth Molar Tooth Ivory)
Gyuto265mm Total Length:400mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 328g
 
 
$1180.00 Available Now
 UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto265mm (Narrower Blade)
"Custom Combination Handle
(Turquoise, Mammoth Tusk Ivory, Mammoth Molar Tooth Ivory)"

Custom Combination Handle
(Turquoise,Mammoth Tusk Ivory,Mammoth Molar Tooth Ivory)
Gyuto265mm
(Narrower Blade)
Total Length:390mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 270g
 
 
$1130.00 Available Now
 
 UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto265mm
"Custom Combination Handle
(Mammoth Tusk Ivory, Mammoth Molar Tooth Ivory)"


Custom Combination Handle
(Mammoth Tusk Ivory,Mammoth Molar Tooth Ivory)
Gyuto265mm Total Length:395mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 331g
 
 
$1150.00 Available Now
 
UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto270mm "Mammoth Molar Tooth Ivory Handle"

Mammoth Molar Tooth Ivory Handle Gyuto 235mm Total Length:355mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 263g
 
 
$980.00 SOLD OUT

Mammoth Molar Tooth Ivory Handle

Gyuto270mm

Total Length:395mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 330g
 
$1200.00 Available Now
 


 Fillet Knife
UP!! Mr.Itou Fillet Knife 280mm "Ironwood Handle"
(Item comes with Leather Sheath)

Ironwood Handle

Fillet Knife280mm

Total Length:405mm Blade Thickness:1.8mm   Total Weight: 110g  $480.00 SOLD OUT

 Carving Knife
UP!! Mr.Itou Special Carving 185mm "Ironwood Handle"

Ironwood Handle

SpecialCarving185mm

Total Length:305mm Blade Thickness:2.2mm   Total Weight: 158g  $390.00 Available Now
 UP!! Mr.Itou Special Carving 185mm "Camel Bone Handle (Blue Color)"

Camel Bone Handle
(Blue Color)

SpecialCarving185mm

Total Length:305mm Blade Thickness:2.2mm   Total Weight: 196g  $410.00  AvailableNow
 UP!! Mr.Itou Special Carving 185mm "Ironwood Handle"

Camel Bone Handle
(OrangeColor)

SpecialCarving185mm

Total Length:305mm Blade Thickness:2.2mm   Total Weight: 196g  $410.00  Available Now

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