This knife is traditionally forged with damascus steel. It has the traditional lever tang to prevent it from folding back.
Blade length: 107mm
The name of this custom knife maker is Mr. To-un Ihara, who is over 72 years old.
He is a specialist in making lock back folders. All of these folders are designed to have the blade paused around at 90degrees on closing for safety reasons.
This particular knife has one of the most complicated mechanisms for lock back folders Chikiri , which is an extended tang covering the top of the lock bar. He has refined the lock bar design to be very precise, and it moves up and down in very tight space. To-un Ihara san's latest development are these carbon fibre lock bar knives. These are very light and very delicate when assembled.