This knife was a very interesting project and although not perfect, it inspired me to keep making this style and to research more and better understand it and the way it is used.
It is not traditional at all despite being clearly inspired in the lines of the traditional yanagi ba. It has a 9″ long hand rubbed 1070 steel blade and octagon shaped handle made of aroeira with a taiuva bolster – both are local hardwoods. It was the first time I used this kind of handle assembly, where the two parts are joined by pins running parallel to the tang hole. The handle and blade are joined by pressure alone, like in the traditional knives.
It is one of the very few knives I made that never left Tatuí – it is now in the hands of a local professional cook.