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Mr. Itou

Mr. Itou R-2 Custom Damascus Paring 90mm (3.5 inch) "Desert Ironwood Handle" Wider Blade(IT-850)

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In the year 2006, we had a chance to meet Mr. Itou and his impressive Custom Kitchen Knife Collections. We don’t forget the moment (the time we met Mr.Itou and his custom knives first time) and how his knives are impressive and unique. We started to introduce his fine custom knife collections for our customers then.

Since then, his knives have attracted many customers and they are also impressed with its outstanding cutting performance and edge retention.

Mr. Itou uses R-2 Powdered High Speed Tool Steel for the cutting edge of his knives (HRc. 62) and he also creates the incredibly beautiful and powerful appearance Damascus knives.

As seen on other expensive full tang custom knives, Mr. Itou hand tapers the blade tang in order to reduce weight and to perfectly balance the blade and handle. He contours and polishes the handle to ensure a perfect grip and an attractive finish. This knife comes with beautiful natural wooden texture and good strength, Desert Ironwood Handle.

Each one of Mr. Itou’s knives is a unique ‘one-off’, or ‘one-of-a-kind’ knife, that is 100% custom handmade and hammer forged.

The Paring knife is useful for a variety of commonplace kitchen tasks, but it is primarily used for peeling and accurately shaping fruits and vegetables. Paring knives are particularly useful when cutting small items held in the hand, which makes them indispensable in the kitchen and an ideal companion for Gyuto knives.

Knife Model: Mr. Itou R-2 Custom Damascus Paring 

Blade Material: R-2 Damascus

Rockwell Hardness (HRc): 62

Blade Grind and Edge Shape: Double Bevel Edge 50/50

Handle Material: Desert Ironwood Handle with Nickel Silver Bolster

Saya Included: No.


Paring 90mm (3.5")
Total Length: 210mm
Blade Thickness: 2mm
Total Weight: 106g



This knife comes with 50/50 double bevel edge geometry for both right and left handed use.

For your information, Japanese Kitchen knives are generally designed for right hand use with a slightly thicker and rounded grinding on the right side blade and a less rounded (almost straight flat) grinding on the left side blade. However, both right and left hander can use the knives that have double bevel edge sharpened 50/50 without problems. 

We believe the quality and cutting performance of Japanese knives are the best in the world, and hope you enjoy the fine craftsmanship and its sharp edge of your new knife. With proper cares, every Japanese knife should be your special cooking partner for a long time.



This is the Powdered High Speed Tool Steel blade kitchen knife that has a rust resistance for easy maintenance. However, it may get rust, if kept in wet condition.

  • Please do not put the knife in the dishwasher machine for cleaning.
  • Please do not leave the knife in water or wet condition for a long time.
  • After using, please hand wash the blade, bolster and handle thoroughly, and wipe it clean and dry with soft clothes, and keep it in a dry place.
  • This is an extremely sharp knife. Please use special cares in using and storing it.
  • Unlike German made knives, Japanese knife blades are ground to thin cutting edge for sharper cutting and easier re-sharpening. Please protect the edge from hitting hard materials to avoid chipping or cracking.
  • Please do not use it to cut bone or frozen foods, any hard shell foods such as lobster and crab.
  • We recommend using Japanese whetstones to re-sharpen the knife, when it gets dull.
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      Taras O.
      Ukraine Ukraine
      I recommend this product

      Great little helper.

      Complement the collection of beautiful knives from the master Itou. As always, the best service from Koki and JCK. Thanks!

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      Hans-Dieter B.
      Germany Germany
      I recommend this product

      Mr. Ito R2 Custom Damaskus Parking Knife 90 mm Wider Blade with Dessert Ironwood Handle

      Es ist ein wunderschönes Messer . wie alle Messer von Mr. itou . Es ist auf höchstem Standard perfekt verarbeitet , schneidet exzellent und ist sehr gut ausbalanciert .

      Nicholas L.
      United States United States
      I recommend this product

      ALL MR. ITOU

      I’am a collector of knives with my main focus being on Japanese Knives and Swords. Mr. Itou makes very beautiful knives and are extremely functional as well. I have used his knives for a number of years now and never have I been disappointed before with any of the many Mr. Itou’s that I own. I enthusiastically recommend a Mr. Itou to all who are thinking of punching one, either for yourself or as a gift. JCK has been a premier choice of vendor to purchase Japanese Knives through. I will continue to use there services for many years to come.

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