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Username Post: Tosagata Inasa/Hakata bocho        (Topic#885453)
Master Member KnifeNut!
09-08-10 14:42.30 - Post#2208811    

This is a 170mm regional variation of the bunka bocho or santoku. It was made by Tosauchihamono in the Tosa region of Shikoku island. As you can see it's kurouchi, and is made around a blue#2 steel core. The manufacturer called it an 'inasa' hocho, but I have seen Japanese sites stating that inasa/Hakata bocho are interchangeable names (the latter is a little more familiar around here). Hakata is a region on Kyushu island - here is a link showing a shop that still makes the traditional Hakata bocho. Same thing.

Anyway, I have 2 versions of this knife and I am keeping the fancier one for myself. They are multipurpose household knives. This one has not been used.

$45.00 Shipped CONUS



Journeyman KnifeNut!
09-10-10 08:04.01 - Post#2209895    

    In response to Bishamon

What's the geometry like on the inasa?
Master Member KnifeNut!
09-10-10 13:34.30 - Post#2210093    

    In response to echerub

I attempted to show some in the 3rd and 4th pictures above. It's very thin toward the nose, and a little thicker at the heel. It's a pretty even narrowing taper the whole length, with the first 6cm of blade toward the heel being a little thicker.

Midway between spine and edge at the heel is about 2.5mm. Midway between the spine and edge 6cm away from the heel is about 1.75mm wide. Narrows some more to the tip.



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