Mikami Hamono deba-bocho 175mm left-handed Aogami #1
There's a forging flaw on the ura side. The handle is unused but banged up around the ferrule. The photos tell the story.
Well, not all of it.
Your writer happened upon this rarity on a visit to Chiyoda, which coincided with an unrelated enquiry from a lefty Mikami Masayuki fan. Thinks I, lucky day all round, said Mikami Masayuki fan will definitely jump at this. Nope. Gambled and lost.
No worries, we're a lefty family. In an act of love, this knife was offered to left-handed partner in crime. Left-handed partner in crime prefers specialists butcher her fish. Again, nope.
So, here we are, custodians of a very sharp but slightly rumpled deba-bocho. A rare and imperfect left-handed deba-bocho by blacksmith Mikami Masayuki.
You might want to take a pass. Gambling that you might not.
|Blade steel:||Aogami #1|
|Blade construction:||Ni-mai awase|
|Handle:||Sakura/suigyu (Japanese cherry/water buffalo horn)|
|Blade spine above choil:||6.5mm|
|Handle width:||28mm x 21mm|
|Weight in hand:||268g|
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