Tak Fukuta


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gizamo
March 21, 2009, 06:21 PM
Believe the knife dates back to about 1984. It is a wonderful inside the waistband carry and easily gets paired with my various CCW guns. The guns will come and go, but the knife stays the same:)


http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l163/Gizamo1/PF-P001.jpg

giz

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indoorsoccerfrea
March 21, 2009, 06:35 PM
*breathing heavily* that is beautiful! how long is the blade? looks to have a full tang... is that copper or gold/goldpaint at the crossguard?

gizamo
March 21, 2009, 06:47 PM
Full tang and the scales are buffalo horn. The guard is all nickel. What you see is the guards bevel picking up sunlight. It is hard to photograph this one, as it picks up the natural light. The blade is ground only on one side. The back side is flat, then a hollow ground was run up it's length.

Blade is 3.5" and the overall length is 7.25".

The sheath is very impressive. The knife literally clicks into place and requires force to break the friction fit.

giz

indoorsoccerfrea
March 21, 2009, 06:50 PM
I've been looking to get a knife like that for carrying around, is Tak Fukuta a knife making company? What model is yours?

hso
March 21, 2009, 08:29 PM
Tak is a knife maker and designer that his been making his own knives and working with knife companies since the 70's. Tak has one of the longest careers in custom knifemaking.

You could say he's probably the first knifemaker/designer to have "collaborated" with knife manufacturers. He did a lot of work with Parker-Frost and Frost and Parker in the late 70's and early 80's and continues to design knives that are made by others (Junglee).

Looks like you have one of his daggers he designed for Parker.

gizamo
March 21, 2009, 09:23 PM
hso,

Actually, I believe that that is AB-28 from the American Blade show in Chattanooga, in 1984...not sure it ever went into production. Neat to think that I have a made in America Tak Fukuta....and perhaps a one of a kind.....;)

giz

hso
March 21, 2009, 11:53 PM
What is the wording on it? I can't read anything beyond the "Designed by Tak Fukuta" from the image.

gizamo
March 22, 2009, 06:27 AM
hso,

At the guard, it is stamped American Blade, Chattanooga TN.
On the back side it is stamped AB-28

Do you recall if there was a series of American Blade knife shows in the 70's and 80's in that part of Tennesee? Was American Blade a magazine?

giz

hso
March 23, 2009, 12:19 AM
The American Blade Magazine first came out in 1973 and changed to Blade Magazine in 1982.

One of the early "Blade" shows was in Chattanooga.

You have quite the artifact there.

gizamo
March 23, 2009, 06:52 AM
hso,

Where can I find a knife forum to discuss Tak Fukuta's work in that time period. I'd like to find out if he made this blade in the USA as it is not stamped with a import mark? Is it possible that he used Parker's shop to make up this knife and some others for the American Blade show?

giz

hso
March 23, 2009, 01:15 PM
Parker didn't have a "shop" since he imported pretty much everything.

You could actually send a note to Tak and ask about it. http://books.google.com/books?id=YMyL0SjgPEQC&pg=PA221&lpg=PA221&dq=tak+fukuta+knives+2008&source=bl&ots=JOMPQnwhqS&sig=I2x6QQ68wD34Lq2jHANfUXnbdDQ&hl=en&ei=ubXHSeaNBIGStQPnvNzvBg&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=6&ct=result

gizamo
March 23, 2009, 05:44 PM
hso,

Thanks very much...I'll give it a try:)

giz

Erich
March 24, 2009, 05:56 PM
Hi Giz,

Nice one! :)

James T Thomas
March 24, 2009, 06:44 PM
When I looked at that knife, some thing was familiar about it.

Sorry, I am not able to photograph my TEKNA knife, but the blade is similar. It is full tang, but without the scales and guard.
I believe it to be a divers' knife; stainless.

It too has a unique sheath. The handle is lightened with five holes that are 1/2 inch diameter, and lines of ribs on the edges for a grip. The heavy molded plastic sheath has a "window" I suppose for water drainage, and where the knife enters is a flap on a hinge. Spring held.The inside of the flap has a circular projection that engages the lowest circular hole in the handle and secures the knife in place.

Very similar to a handgun holster snap retention. You just place your thumb inside this flap and press it to release the knife on draw. The dimentions you've give are similar too.

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