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

UP!! February 4th
Mr. Itou Winter New Collections
Wide selections of Paring, 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 90mm (Sheepsfoot Blade) "Turquoise Handle Type1"

Turquoise Handle

Paring 90mm
(Sheepsfoot Blade)

Total Length:190mm Blade Thickness:2mm
Total Weight: 110g
 
$230.00 AvailableNow
 

 Petty
 UP!! Mr. Itou Petty 130mm "Stag Handle"


Stag Handle

Petty130mm

Total Length:230mm Blade Thickness:2mm
Total Weight: 100g
 
$300.00 AvailableNow 
 UP!! Mr. Itou Petty 130mm "Turquoise&Stag Handle"

Turquoise &
Stag Handle

Petty130mm

Total Length:240mm Blade Thickness:2mm
Total Weight: 105g
 
$330.00 AvailableNow 
 UP!! Mr.Itou Petty130mm
 "Custom Combination Handle (Turquoise,Abalone,Corian)"

Custom CombinationHandle
(Turquoise,Abalone,Corian)

Petty130mm

Total Length:235mm Blade Thickness:2mm
Total Weight: 96g
 
$350.00 AvailableNow 
 UP!! Mr. Itou Petty 130mm "Turquoise Handle" Type 1

TurquoiseHandle
Type 1

Petty130mm

Total Length:240mm Blade Thickness:2mm
Total Weight: 79g
 
$300.00 Available Now
 UP!! Mr. Itou Petty 135mm "Ironwood Handle"

Ironwood Handle

Petty130mm

Total Length:250mm Blade Thickness:2mm
Total Weight: 92g
 
$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"

AbaloneHandle

Petty135mm

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

AzuriteHandle

Petty135mm

Total Length:250mm Blade Thickness:2mm
Total Weight: 123g
 
$300.00 SOLD OUT 

 Santoku
 UP!! Mr.Itou Santoku 165mm "Mother of Pearl Handle"

Mother of Pearl Handle

Santoku165mm

Total Length:290mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight:202g
 
$400.00 AvailableNow 
 Mother of Pearl Handle
Santoku170mm  Total Length:290mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight:217g
$420.00 AvailableNow
 
 UP!! Mr.Itou Santoku 180mm "Ironwood Handle"

Ironwood Handle

Santoku180mm

Total Length:305mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 188g
 
$420.00 AvailableNow
 
 UP!! Mr.Itou Santoku 180mm "Abalone Handle"

AbaloneHandle
 
Santoku170mm  Total Length:290mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 205g
$420.00  AvailableNow 
AbaloneHandle
Santoku180mm Total Length:300mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 206g
 
 
$440.00
AvailableNow
 
  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  AvailableNow
 UP!! Mr.Itou Santoku 170mm "Purple Color Camel Bone Handle"

PurpleColor Camel Bone Handle
Santoku 170mm Total Length:300mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm  
Total Weight: 215g
 
 
$420.00 SOLD OUT
 
 UP!! Mr.Itou Santoku 180mm "Stag Handle"

Stag Handle
Santoku 180mm Total Length:300mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm  
Total Weight: 209g
 
 
$420.00 AvailableNow
 
 UP!! Mr.Itou Santoku 175mm "Green Color Corian Handle"

GreenColor Corian Handle
Santoku 175mm Total Length:300mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm  
Total Weight: 209g
 
 
$400.00 AvailableNow
 
 UP!! Mr.Itou Santoku 175mm "Custom Combination Handle"
(Turquoise,Orange Color Camel Bone)

CustomCombinationHandle
(Turquoise,Orange Color Camel Bone)

Santoku 175mm Total Length:300mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm  
Total Weight: 215g
 
 
$450.00 AvailableNow
 
 UP!! Mr.Itou Santoku 180mm "Custom Combination Handle"
(Turquoise,Stag)

CustomCombinationHandle
(Turquoise,Stag)
Santoku 175mm Total Length:305mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm  
Total Weight: 190g
 
 
$450.00 AvailableNow
 
 UP!! Mr.Itou Santoku 175mm "Custom Combination Handle"
(Turquoise,Abalone,White Color Corian)


Custom Combination Handle(Turquoise,Abalone,White Color Corian)
Santoku 175mm Total Length:305mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 201g
 
 
$470.00 AvailableNow
 


 Gyuto
 UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto 160mm "Abalone Handle"

Abalone Handle
Gyuto160mm Total Length:285mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 186g
 
 
$360.00 AvailableNow
 
Abalone Handle

Gyuto170mm
 
Total Length:295mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 187g
$380.00 AvailableNow
 
 UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto 165mm "Red Color Corian Handle"

Red Color Corian Handle
Gyuto165mm Total Length:290mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 173g
 
 
$360.00  AvailableNow
 UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto 170mm "Black Color Corian Handle"

Black Color Corian Handle
Gyuto170mm Total Length:295mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 189g
 
 
$360.00  AvailableNow
 UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto 170mm "Dark Green Color Corian Handle"

Dark Green Color Corian Handle
Gyuto170mm Total Length:300mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 176g
 
 
$360.00  AvailableNow
UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto 170mm "Custom Combination Handle"
(Turquoise,Mother Of Pearl,Green Color Corian)


Custom Combination Handle
(Turquoise,Mother Of Pearl,Green Color Corian)

Gyuto170mm Total Length:300mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 181g
 
 
$410.00  AvailableNow

 UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto 180mm "Green Color Corian Handle"
Green Color Corian Handle
Gyuto180mm Total Length:300mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 174g
 
 
$400.00  AvailableNow
 UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto 180mm "Yellow Color Corian Handle"

Yellow Color Corian Handle
Gyuto185mm Total Length:315mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 213g
 
 
$400.00  AvailableNow
UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto 180mm "White&Black Handle"

White&Black Handle
Gyuto160mm Total Length:280mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 180g
 
  
$380.00  AvailableNow
 UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto 165mm "Ironwood Handle"

Ironwood Handle
Gyuto165mm Total Length:280mm Blade Thickness:2.2mm
Total Weight: 155g
 
 
$360.00  AvailableNow

 UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto 175mm "Custom Combination Handle"
(Turquoise, Abalone,Corian)

Custom Combination Handle
(Turquoise,Abalone,Corian)
Gyuto175mm Total Length:300mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 200g
 
 
$410.00 AvailableNow
 
 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  AvailableNow
UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto 165mm "Turquoise Handle"

Turquoise Handle Gyuto170mm Total Length:300mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 176g
 
 
$400.00
AvailableNow
Turquoise Handle  Gyuto180mm  Total Length:300mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 186g
$420.00  AvailableNow 
 UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto 180mm "Ironwood Handle"

Ironwood Handle
Gyuto180mm Total Length:305mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 172g
 
 
$400.00  AvailableNow
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  AvailableNow
Green & Yellow Special Handle

Gyuto190mm
 
Total Length:315mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 208g
 
$440.00  AvailableNow
 UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto 180mm "Red Pakka Wood Handle"

Red Pakka Wood Handle
Gyuto180mm Total Length:310mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 185g
 
 
$400.00  AvailableNow
 UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto 180mm "Ironwood Handle"

Ironwood Handle
Gyuto180mm Total Length:310mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 182g
 
 
$400.00  AvailableNow
 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  AvailableNow
UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto 180mm "Stag Handle"

Stag Handle
Gyuto180mm Total Length:310mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 201g
 
 
$400.00  AvailableNow
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.  AvailableNow
 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  AvailableNow
 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  AvailableNow
 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 AvailableNow 
 UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto 180mm " Custom Combination Handle"
(Turquoise, Mother of Pearl,Green Color Maple Burl wood)
"

CustomCombination Handle"
(Turquoise, Mother of Pearl,Green Color Maple Burl wood)

Gyuto180mm Total Length:300mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm  
Total Weight: 188g
 
 
$450.00 AvailableNow 
 UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto 180mm " Custom Combination Handle"
(Turquoise, Abalone,Green Color Maple Burl wood)
"

CustomCombination Handle"
(Turquoise, Abalone,Green Color Maple Burl wood)

Gyuto180mm Total Length:300mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm  
Total Weight: 187g
 
 
$450.00 AvailableNow
 
 UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto 180mm " Custom Combination Handle"
(Turquoise&Corian)
"

Custom Combination Handle"
(Turquoise&Corian)

Gyuto180mm Total Length:300mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm  
Total Weight: 187g
 
 
$440.00 AvailableNow 
 UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto 180mm " Custom Combination Handle"
(Turquoise, Mother of Pearl,Ironwood)
"

Custom Combination Handle"
(Turquoise, Mother of Pearl,Ironwood)

Gyuto180mm Total Length:300mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm  
Total Weight: 172g
 
 
$450.00 AvailableNow 
 UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto 180mm " Custom Combination Handle"
(Turquoise, Abalone,Grey Color Corian)
"

Custom Combination Handle"
(Turquoise, Abalone,Grey Color Corian)

Gyuto180mm Total Length:295mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm  
Total Weight: 200g
 
 
$450.00 AvailableNow 
 UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto 180mm " Custom Combination Handle"
(Turquoise, Abalone,Yellow Color Corian)
"

Custom Combination Handle"
(Turquoise, Abalone,Yellow Color Corian)

Gyuto180mm Total Length:305mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm  
Total Weight: 184g
 
 
$450.00  SOLD OUT
 UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto 180mm " Custom Combination Handle"
(Turquoise, Abalone,Navy Color Corian)
"

Custom Combination Handle"
(Turquoise, Abalone,Navy Color Corian)

Gyuto180mm Total Length:305mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm  
Total Weight: 189g
 
 
$450.00  AvailableNow
 UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto 180mm " Custom Combination Handle"
(Turquoise, Abalone,Orange Color Corian)
"

Custom Combination Handle"
(Turquoise, Abalone,Orange Color Corian)

Gyuto180mm Total Length:305mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm  
Total Weight: 188g
 
 
$450.00  AvailableNow
  UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto 180mm " Custom Combination Handle"
(Turquoise, Abalone,White Color Corian)
"

Custom Combination Handle"
(Turquoise, Abalone,White Color Corian)

Gyuto180mm Total Length:305mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm  
Total Weight: 187g
 
 
$450.00  AvailableNow
  UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto 180mm " Custom Combination Handle"
(Turquoise, Orange Color Camel Bone)
"

Custom Combination Handle"
(Turquoise, Orange Color Camel Bone)

Gyuto180mm Total Length:305mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm  
Total Weight: 195g
 
 
$440.00  AvailableNow
 UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto 190mm "White Color Corian Handle"

White Color Corian Handle
Gyuto190mm Total Length:315mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm  
Total Weight: 195g
 
 
$420.00 AvailableNow 
 UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto 190mm "White Color Corian Handle Type2"

White Color Corian Handle Type2
Gyuto190mm Total Length:315mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm  
Total Weight: 197g
 
 
$420.00  SOLD OUT
 Gyuto210mm
 UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto 210mm "Custom Combination Handle"
(Turquoise, Abalone,Ivory)
"

Custom Combination Handle"
(Turquoise, Abalone,White Color Corian)

Gyuto210mm Total Length:345mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm  
Total Weight: 249g
 
 
$590.00 AvailableNow 
UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto 220mm "Turquoise Handle"

Turquoise Handle
Gyuto220mm Total Length:355mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 236g
 
 
$590.00 AvailableNow 
 UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto 220mm "Custom Combination Handle"
(Turquoise, Abalone,White Color Corian)
"

Custom Combination Handle"
(Turquoise, Abalone,White Color Corian)

Gyuto220mm Total Length:345mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm  
Total Weight: 255g
 
 
$620.00  AvailableNow
 UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto210mm "Abalone Handle"

Abalone Handle  Gyuto220mm Total Length:mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm 
Total Weight: g
$580.00  SOLD OUT
 
 UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto 220mm "Mother of Pearl Handle"

Mother of Pearl Handle
Gyuto220mm Total Length:345mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 262g
 
 
$580.00  AvailableNow
 UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto 220mm "Purple Color Camel Bone Handle"

Purple Color Camel Bone Handle
Gyuto220mm Total Length:350mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 231g
 
 
$590.00  SOLD OUT

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

 Abalone Handle Gyuto265mm Total Length:385mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 241g
$780.00  AvailableNow 
 Abalone Handle  Gyuto270mm Total Length:395mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 290g
$780.00  Available Now
 UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto 230mm "Mother of Pearl Handle"

Mother of PearlHandle

Gyuto230mm

Total Length:350mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 255g
 
$610.00 SOLD OUT
 
 UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto 250mm "Jigged Linen Micarta Handle(Black&Red)"

 Jigged Linen Micarta Handle(Black&Red)
Gyuto270mm
 
Total Length:405mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 299g
$780.00  Available Now 

  UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto 260mm "Jigged Linen Micarta Handle(Black&Yellow)"


Jigged Linen Micarta Handle(Black&Yellow) Gyuto260mm Total Length:395mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 287g
 
$720.00 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 Gyuto 270mm "Mammoth Molar Tooth IvoryHandle"

Mammoth Molar Tooth Ivory Handle
Gyuto270mm Total Length:405mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 330g
 
 
$1200.00  SOLD OUT
 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 AvailableNow 
 UP!! Mr.Itou Gyuto270mm "Mammoth Molar Tooth Ivory Handle"

Mammoth Molar Tooth Ivory Handle

Gyuto270mm

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

 Sujihiki
 P!! Mr.Itou Sujihiki 270mm "Mother of PearlHandle"

Mother of PearlHandle

Sujihiki270mm

Total Length:400mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm   Total Weight: 248g  $730.00  SOLD OUT
 UP!! Mr.Itou Sujihiki 265mm
"Custom Combination Handle
(Turquoise,Armadillo )"

Custom Combination Handle
(Turquoise,Armadillo)
Sujihiki265mm
Total Length:397mm Blade Thickness:2.4mm
Total Weight: 275g
 
 
$770.00  Available Now

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