Blue Steel #1 (Aogami)
Western – Black Pakka wood
Takeo Murata is well known as the top knife maker of Shikoku. His hand forged knives made from Aogami #1 steel are among the best Japan has to offer. The decorative burnt blade is a byproduct of the smithing process done over coal forge. While most smiths have dropped the tradition, removing the burnt carbon leaving a polished finish, Murata embraces this tradition also known as kurochi.