Traditional 700-year-old technique
Echizen Uchihamono (forged knives) are said to have originated in 1337, when Chiyozuru Kuniyasu, a swordsmith in Kyoto, moved to the Echizen region (present Echizen City) looking for a better place to forge katana or Japanese swords and made sickles for neighboring farmers. It is said that every time Kuniyasu made a katana, he carved a guardian dog from a grindstone and sank it in a well. This contained his wish as an artisan that a sword must not be a tool for killing people and should be only a symbol of a samurai. This spirit has been handed down to artisans of Echizen Uchihamono, who are determined to make tools of the highest quality.
Designated as a traditional craft product in 1979 for the first time in the blade field
In recognition of its history and techniques, in 1979, Echizen Uchihamono became the first designated traditional craft in the blade field.
Echizen Uchihamono-superb craftspersonship shining in distinctive forging techniques and manual finishing
Echizen Uchihamono products are still being made while sticking to traditional Japanese forging techniques and manual polishing steps. Using the forging techniques, which were important for making Japanese swords, we make tough blades that have high strength in bending and breaking.
Echizen Uchihamono artisans’ pursuit
Echizen Uchihamono artisans continue to pursue how to make light, thin, robust and long-wearing blades so that any user can be satisfied regardless of material. Each Echizen Uchihamono product has a quality that can satisfy anyone who actually uses it.
Responding to changing times, we have transformed their excellent techniques into those for household utensils that are closely connected to people’s lives, and now we deal in a wide variety of products, including farming, forestry, gardening and fishery-related tools, in addition to familiar knives and other kitchen utensils, which are our main products.
In this way, Echizen Uchihamono has continued to evolve into more user-friendly and beautiful products in people’s everyday lives by pursuing functionality and shape suited for usage.
Beautiful patterns on the Houenryu blades represent the special skills of Echizen Uchihamono craftsmen. Multi-layers of soft and hard steel are forged and the surface is polished completely. Having this pattern all the way to the edge of the blade allows for extreme sharpness. The Ryusen-Rin pattern is a distinctive technique passed down by Ryusen Hamono craftsmen through the ages.
Houenryu Black & Red series is made by forging 70 layers of high-end stainless cutting steel VG10 and VG2 to make the metallic structure fine, is tougher and more tenacious than those made from single-layer steel. Forging the blade with an excellent technique has allowed unparalleled, supreme sharpness. On the entire blade, which is carefully forged and sharpened by artisans, unprecedentedly beautiful Ryusen ripple patterns stand out.Sujihiki & Slicers: The classic slicer. Long and thin, this is the best shape for the preparation of any flesh (meat or fish – cooked or raw) without bones. The slim profile presents a smaller are of contact with the flesh and thus reduces the strength of the vacuum between the blade and the food resulting in a smoother and easier cut. Function – Slicing and carving of meat and fish without bones. Normal length – 240mm to 300mm (a few smaller 180mm and longer 330mm are available) Tip: Whilst the 240mm or the 270mm lengths are the most popular select the longest length you are comfortable with. The longer the blade, the lesser the pressure required to cut the food and thus increase the ability to cut thinner slices. As this is one knife that is often taken to the table for carving in front of the diners, apart from the functionality, aesthetics should be an important consideration.
Product includes: 1x Houenryu Sujihiki 240mm in box